Fantastic news from Marcapata :-)
The trip to Peru went absolutely perfect. I have lots of wonderful video, drone films and lots of still photos with me back to Denmark. The post production has started and the DK4 national TV channel has confirmed to show the documentary as soon as it is ready which will be in January 2019.
There are so good news from the mountains.😊😊 The alpaca breeders have for many years been heavily underpaid for their fibers due to a low demand, so the big industries did get away with paying prices far below cost price. But in only a few months the market price for the alpaca fibers has increased by several 100% primarily due to a large demand from China. This is fantastic for the breeders, as they are now paid a much better price for the alpaca fibers. Celestine on this picture will without any doubt get an easier life than his mother.
We will constantly make sure that the wool used for Frisenvang yarn is still paid above market price but as the quantity we buy is very small the market price is so important for the people in the Andes as the majority of their income comes from the main market. Now we can relax knowing that the breeders has so much better market conditions than earlier and we can then focus on helping the artisans producing our yarn and the other families in the cooperative in Marcapata to get better lives.
Big regards from Marcapata. The picture was shot on a a saturday so I had the opportunity to meet to some of the 30 children who are coming in the small workshop on their way home from school.
Our Frisenvang production has during the last 3 years where the artisans have been spinning our yarn made it able for the kids to go to school every day. Before this was not possible as their parents had not enough money to pay for the bus. Now there are also money to buy food as for instance meat, before the children only got the food the women could grow in the garden, and in altitude 3400 meters this is primarily potatoes. So the kids are not malnutritioned anymore. Furthermore there are now money to pay for doctor visits. Such a fantastic message to get - what a big difference we and you who are supporting our project is making.
I will be back as soon as the documentary is ready and send you all a link so you can be among the first ones to se it.