In the Amazon with..Nina Gualinga
We are proud to launch our Oramai x Hakhu Collection
as our next charity collaboration after the successful
Zulu Woman x Oramai Earrings project.
Meet the woman behind the campaign, Nina Gualinga.
"WE NEED ALTERNATIVES TO FOSSIL FUEL EXTRACTION. WE BELIEVE IN THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY PROJECTS. WE DO NOT MERELY ENVISION A DIFFERENT FUTURE, WE ARE BUILDING IT"
What is Hakhu?
Hahku, which means let’s go in Kichwa, is an organization that is dedicated to promoting sustainable development projects in league with small indigenous communities within the Ecuadorian Amazon. The idea of founding The Hakhu Project came from years of working in advocacy with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Our communities face imminent threats from transnational companies and governmental departments over the demand for, and extraction of, our natural resources. We have collaboratively created a grassroots indigenous organization in order to directly implement local programs and projects to help mitigate these threats.
What is your mission?
Our mission is to empower indigenous communities in order to protect our rainforests and ancestral knowledge for future generations. As our first project, we have chosen to create Hakhu Amazon Design. This initiative aims to provide a unique opportunity to indigenous women in the Ecuadorian Amazon and beyond to utilise our cultural and artistic heritage in such a way as to protect our territories while providing them with a sustainable source of income through selling unique bespoke handcrafts via an online platform.