Latin america has the third highest rate of forced labor in the world, with an estimated 1.8 million people exploited in bonded labor. Not for sale is using enterprise to fight this cycle in peru.
New Stories from Peru
Our Indigenous Partners Attend Expoamazonica
August 27, 2013
We recently helped our partners in Peru attend an exposition on Amazon resources in Iquitos. Not only did indigenous leaders attend, but some of the artisans as well. This helped them build relationships with other people within their market, as well as have a better understanding of what the market wants and needs from them. The President of the regional government, Yvan Vasquez Valera, proclaimed that "Just as we open the door to international investors, we must also open the doors to all the Peruvians." His statement highlights the importance of local, national and international markets.
Community Gardens Flourishing
August 21, 2013
We are excited to announce that we have helped support the planting of community gardens in six of the indigenous communities that we work with. The gardens are located at schools in the towns, with the children taking a big part in them. Vegetables are not a common staple in the diets of the families in these communities, so the gardens not only provide access to healthy foods, but also function as a way to educate the communities on healthier eating habits. So far, 3 of the gardens are already producing things like carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, and acai.
Peruvian Artisans to Attend Trade Shows
August 12, 2013
This month, the artisans we support in the Madre de Dios region of Peru will be attending various trade shows around the country to sell their jewelry. The women have been training with Ricardo, our Peru Coordinator, to practice various selling techniques, such as pricing, displaying, etc. The artisans are especially excited about an international artisan show that they will be attending. To continue to provide economic opportunities to vulnerable people, please donate now.
Our Peruvian Partners Receives Organic Certification
July 24, 2013
For our partners in Peru, the production of Brazil nuts is their major form of income. Last year we donated a boat to AFIMAD to help raise their profits on Brazil nuts by eliminating the middleman. Since then, they have bought a second boat and applied for organic certification of their Brazil nuts, which they just received. This means that they are producing them sustainably and getting a higher return. Now they are working on receiving a fair trade certification! This translates to higher wages for the community, so children can stay in school and parents are less prone to exploitation.
Pro Mujer: Uplifting Victims of Violence
July 18, 2013
Thanks to the help of Not For Sale Peru, Pro Mujer Oriente, an organization providing economic opportunity through artisan work for female victims of violence, has been able to increase its production rate! Jewelry production has increased 150% and textile production has increased 200%. Pro Mujer has also been able to recently open a storefront to sell its goods and currently employs 20 women. By donating to Not For Sale, you will be helping projects like these which bring hope for victims of violence and trafficking.
Not For Sale empowering students to improve their communities
June 12, 2013
The Not For Sale Scholarship supports 16 students who are determined to succeed against all odds. These students come from some of the most impoverished regions in the Peruvian Amazon. Due to limited access to secondary education, teenagers usually start working after finishing primary school. They quickly become susceptible to exploitation. Through the scholarship, students are provided food, housing and tuition as they study away from home. Recently, the first scholarship student completed her nursing degree and has since returned to provide much needed medical care to her community!
Peru tackling vulnerability from multiple angles to ensure systemic growth
May 15, 2013
In light of the recent developments in economic growth opportunities in Peru, we recognized the need to consolidate this impact by enriching the solidarity within the indigenous communities. In partnership with a local organization experienced in social development, a workshop was recently run to address self-esteem, cultural identity and domestic violence issues. As these factors increase social vulnerability and risk of exploitation, it is an event we look to continue running in the future. Partner with us, and help us tackle the many layers of vulnerability still present in the Peru Amazon.
Not For Sale talk leads to successful prosecution of trafficker
May 3, 2013
Anita was at work when her teenage daughter was forced to leave by a trafficker. With no knowledge of what happened, Anita feared the worst. Fortunately, she had recently attended our workshop on trafficking prevention. On a hunch, she contacted local agents who were able to trace her daughter to another city. Anita was successful in securing her daughter’s return, and assisted the police with prosecuting the trafficker. As it turned out, this was not an isolated case and the trafficker is now safely behind bars. Support us today in our efforts to promote effective actions for justice.
Peru partnerships ensure continued economic growth
April 17, 2013
A key objective for 2013 is to formalize export channels of products in Madre De Dios, which in turn fosters local economic growth. Just this month, we have partnered with USAID and an International Economic Development organization to provide technical training to local indigenous leaders. This training will develop a strong local knowledge and skill base that can be shared with community members involved in the harvesting and production processes. By supporting us, we can continue to provide such opportunities that serve to tackle the factors increasing risk to exploitation of these people.
Peru partner gets national recognition
April 3, 2013
We are excited to announce that one of our partners in Peru was recently recognized for their work. Liz, who runs Pro Mujer Oriente, an artisan cooperative for survivors of trafficking, who are presently producing items to be sold at Not For Sale Store, was nominated and chosen for the “Outstanding Work in Business” Award by the Peruvian Federal Government’s Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations. We celebrate the great success these survivors and Liz have achieved in a relatively short time. Continue checking back at notforsalestore.org to purchase these items and much more.
Peru doubling impact with Not For Sale help
March 29, 2013
Last year, Not For Sale and AFIMAD, a coalition of Peru Amazon community leaders, purchased a boat for 1800 families at-risk in Madre De Dios. The boat was intended for community members to bypass the “middle men” to trade, creating ease both logistically and financially and enabling them to get a much fairer price for their products. With the profits made since, the communities have purchased another boat! The cost benefit of this investment has doubled, further reversing the vulnerability factors in play. Support us and together we can continue making lasting changes in these people’s lives.
Help NFS Enrich Communities in the Amazon
March 19, 2013
Marta grew up in a rural community in Madre De Dios. Before finishing high school, she decided to move to Lima, where she became a housekeeper. The promise of money was quickly overshadowed as she was sexually abused. NFS helped her return home and is supporting her as she restarts her studies in MDD. Youth migration into Lima has recently trended significantly as young people search for more sustainable employment and better pay. Often, they become vulnerable to exploitation. Help NFS as we improve education and vocational opportunities to enrich the communities in MDD for those like Marta.
NFS Staying Ahead – Turning Research into Practice
March 11, 2013
To proactively bolster our knowledge of the trends and factors perpetuating trafficking in the Peruvian Amazon, NFS engaged an in-depth research study over much of 2012 with local agencies and research associates from the National University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru). We recognised the need to ensure our knowledge and data is constantly at the forefront, for our programs to truly and effectively tackle the issues in-play. We expect our research to be analyzed and translated in the coming months, and cannot wait to apply our research to practice. Watch this space.
Great News From the Amazon!
February 25, 2013
The Madre De Dios region in the Peruvian Amazon is home to many at-risk indigenous communities. Education and healthcare are underdeveloped, and the once common practice of harvesting local vegetation for self-sustenance is now scarce due to population growth. Thanks to NFS’s efforts in tackling these issues upstream, we are pleased to report the following for this past quarter: *16 youth receiving formal higher education in the Madre De Dios capital *38 youth attending job training and programs to enrich their communities *27 teachers, 44 youth trained in sustainable micro-farming practices!
Reversing Exploitation: Enterprise Affecting Upstream Change
January 31, 2013
We have received continued reports from our frontline staff about rampant illegal logging. Due to their remote locations and armed defense, illegal logging companies have met little resistance from law enforcement agencies to date. These companies employ a "Bait & Switch” tactic to recruit workers from impoverished communities. These vulnerable people are first lured into standard jobs (e.g. loggers, cooks, etc.), but are often then forced into adverse working conditions and prostitution. Support NFS Peru and its sustainable enterprises to help give these people an option besides exploitation!
Artisans Trading Across Peru
December 26, 2012
This holiday season, artisans from NFS supported communities are taking their goods on the road to trade-fairs across the country. The group of artisans, women from one of Peru's poorest and most at-risk regions, Madre De Dios, took part in months of training to hone in and develop existing traditional skills for the professional market; from jewellery making to handicrafts. We're delighted to see the development of new business channels for the group, both region and national, most recently including a tourism company looking to integrate the artisan's goods into the wider tourist market!
First Women’s Trafficking Prevention Workshop in Ucayali
December 19, 2012
NFS services to vulnerable communities have recommenced, following the explosive outbreak of Dengue in Ucayali, Peru last month. Last Thursday, in conjunction with a local women's protection group, Not For Sale staff participated in a workshop to engage local women in measures of prevention against trafficking. Staff and local representatives collaborated in discussions around tools for self-empowerment and highlighted the importance of diversified income in maintaining women's earning options and protecting themselves from falling vulnerable to trafficking.
Dengue Outbreak In Ucayali
November 30, 2012
Ucayali, where Not For Sale works in the Amazon, recently declared state of emergency due to Dengue. There is a large risk of destruction to the communities we work due to diseases like Dengue is perpetuated by the lack of resources in these underdeveloped communities. Programs run by NFS at a stand still in the state of crisis, with extremely limited transport in and out of the region. There is no easy way to protect people from viruses in vulnerable areas, but holistic community development is a huge step in as siting them when their communities come under threat.
Increasing Services In Peru
November 19, 2012
Quarter 2 and 3 of this year have shown an unprecedented growth in the amount of individuals serviced by Not For Sale in the Peruvian Amazon. Quarter 2 saw a large amount of those who had received school supplies to better assist in their learning, with Not For Sale’s educational outreach reaching over 250 individuals. A rise was also found in quarter 2 for those receiving vocational training and quarter 3 has been no different in that respect. To date this year over 500 technical training services have been provided.
September 24, 2012
Josefina was trafficked following the death of her husband. The eldest of her daughters was also trafficked and the second eldest was on the brink of following suit. She mentioned how initially she was eager not to abandon her traffickers, she was frightened for her future and well-being. However, after Not For Sale managed to provide safe living conditions and food, Josefina began to accept the difficult situation leaving would place her children in. Today she is employed in a sustainable industry in the region and her daughters are enrolled in formal education.
Survivor Begins Rehabilitation Process
September 5, 2012
Carolina was forced into prostitution and forced labor at an early age in Madre De Dios, Peru. She was found at 16 when her community leaders asked for help from Not For Sale. She now lives with her brother and is enrolled in school thanks to the Not For Sale scholarship fund in Peru. Those trafficked in Madre De Dios are less likely to have family that haven't been exploited. Oftentimes they are even used as income generators via illicit means by the family themselves. In that sense Carolina is fortunate. Still, it is a long and difficult process to becoming rehabilitated.
Help us launch REBBL to create new futures in the Peruvian Amazon
June 29, 2012
Not For Sale has launched the Road to REBBL, a video series that tells the story of REBBL, a new beverage company to fight slavery, and invites you to be a part of the story. Join us at http://causes.com/notforsale, and watch Episodes 1 and 2. Episode 3 comes out this week. We need YOU to join us or REBBL cannot be successful.
Education: The Beginning of Freedom
April 25, 2012
For the young adults at NFS Peru, a new future starts with an education; a luxury lost for many street children. This month, five young residents of Veronica’s House are changing their futures as they begin another school year. Our students are starting high school, studying architecture and cooking in University, and even attending Law School. No matter the subject, the futures of these students are bound by one resounding truth: that they are free. They are free to make choices, free to play, free to learn and free to be whomever they choose...and that's what NFS is all about.
1st Week of Amazon Artisan Training a Huge Success (except for those ugly polo shirts!)
April 20, 2012
Not For Sale's Peru Coordinator Ricardo Dawson reports that this week's artisan training was enthusiastically received by over 130 women representing 8 native communities in Madre de Dios . The training has been designed to increase the quality of local designs, thereby allowing Not For Sale to bridge communities to high-end Boutiques in Lima and increase the payment artisans received for their work. Ricardo was disappointed that the special polo shirts he designed for the event (as is customary for training in Peru) were dismissed by the women as being "unfashionable." Better luck next time!
Not For Sale Invests in Next Generation of Entrepreneurs in the Amazon
April 19, 2012
This week two young leaders of native communities in Madre de Dios Peru, who recently received Not For Sale scholarships, will begin interning at a local social enterprise partner. Working at a local Brazil nut processor, the students will learn a range of skills needed to run a sustainable enterprise in the Amazon. The nut processing enterprise is part of a larger collaboration organized by Not For Sale to bridge communities, local enterprises and ultimately global markets to create dignified jobs in the region.
NFS Peru: The Model
April 18, 2012
Watch this video to see how Not For Sale is fighting exploitation in Peru.
First Two Students Presented NFS Scholarship for Young Indigenous Leaders
April 13, 2012
This week, NFS Peru offered two young leaders from indigenous communities scholarships to study at technical schools and universities. For the past two years Not For Sale Veronica's House has supported over 613 survivors of exploitation many of whom are from poor indigenous communities in the Amazon.The scholarship program, which will expand to over 20 students in 2012, is a critical component of Not For Sale's move UPSTREAM to stop exploitation before it occurs.
One Boat Delivers More Justice for 7 Communities
April 10, 2012
Not For Sale's investment in a boat in the Amazon has resulted in significant savings in time and money for seven native communities transporting this year's Brazil nut harvest to Puerto Maldonado. The new boat and fuel efficient motor have resulted in over $4,000 savings for the communities because their new boat can carry three times more nuts with the same amount of gasoline.
Update from Peru: Not For Sale Launches Artisan Training in the Amazon
April 9, 2012
Today Not For Sale Peru launched artisan trainings for 130 women in 7 native communities in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Not For Sale’s Peru coordinator, Ricardo, reports that this training represents the first phase in a long-term engagement with 7 communities and affecting over 360 families in the region.
NFS Peru Update: Maria* excels in cooking school!
April 6, 2012
Last month, we shared the story of Maria* overcoming lung surgery to study cooking. We are thrilled to pass along the following update from NFS Peru: Since her surgery, Maria* is getting excellent grades, improving her leadership skills, and immensely enjoying her time in school. Aside from her studies, Maria* makes weekly visits to Veronica’s House and enjoys spending her free time skateboarding and surfing. NFS Peru is thrilled to see Maria's* inspiring success and determination as she embraces her new future!
From Organic Tooth Brushes to Blue Jeans. Not For Sale Peru is Headed Upstream.
April 5, 2012
NFS’s projects in Peru are creating economic alternatives for at-risk communities in the Amazon. Starting with a pilot project of hand-made jewelry for notforsalestore.org in 2011, NFS was approached by several apparel brands to begin the development of cotton clothing sourced from and benefiting over 15,000 individuals in the Peruvian Amazon. While researching a supply chain for blue jeans, NFS’s Peru Coordinator, Ricardo learned that cotton leaves are traditionally used in some native communities to clean teeth! The video can be found here http://bit.ly/Ht8W4G
From Seed to Store: Not For Sale Peru Maps Entire Apparel Supply Chain
April 4, 2012
Not For Sale’s Free2Work tool has introduced consumers to the challenges of transparency in apparel supply chains. In Peru, Not For Sale is working in partnership with local enterprises and an indigenous associations in the Amazon to map a supply chain for naturally colored, organic, brown cotton. The initiative aims to support employment in 70 farming communities comprising of 5,300 people near Pullcapa, Peru.
NFS Boat Delivers Justice and Prevents Exploitation
March 30, 2012
Not For Sale is moving upstream…literally! This week, Ricardo Dawson, the Director of NFS Peru reports that thanks to the boat purchased by Not For Sale earlier this year, justice is being delivered. The 7 indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon that NFS partners with are able to directly transport their 2012 brazil nut harvest to the city, thus bypassing exploitative middle men, allowing community members to be paid a fairer price for their products. This is a significant step towards economic empowerment to +2,000 families whose income is dependant on the harvesting of local resources.
New Futures Through Ethical Sourcing
March 21, 2012
Last week NFS hosted its third Montara Circle. During the event OCHO committed to sourcing ingredients for their candy bars from indigenous communities that collaborate with NFS in Peru. On Monday morning, Ricardo Dawson, NFS Peru’s coordinator took the first steps to make this a reality. Pictured here, Ricardo meets with the head of a cooperative that engages with 2000 farmers in regions of the Peruvian Amazon which are at high risk to human trafficking. Creating alternative opportunities for dignified employment lies at the heart of Not For Sale's strategy to end modern day slavery.
Veronica’s House Filled To Capacity
March 14, 2012
Veronica’s House, a safe house providing immediate and ongoing care for survivors operated by NFS Peru, is filled to capacity. Despite the limited space, Veronica's House is a hub of activity. "The girls in Veronica’s House are being trained to sew clothing and sheets," reports a NFS Peru representative, "which they are selling in the markets in Lima on the weekends." Survivors at the house receive job and life-skills training, as well as classes on Children’s Rights and Human Rights. These activities are designed to empower the women and girls to embrace a new future.
NFS Peru | Overcoming and Achieving
March 11, 2012
Maria*, a survivor of human trafficking at NFS Peru, recently underwent a necessary lung surgery that caused her to temporarily delay her studies. Maria, currently in an entry-level cooking program, was advised to stay away from extreme heat during her recovery process. As a result, she had to wait until she was fully healed to return to her vocational program. We are happy to report Maria recently resumed her classes and has not let the surgery restrict her new future. Support NFS Peru as we provide life-changing care and training to survivors of modern slavery.
NFS Peru meets with community leaders in the Amazon
February 29, 2012
Not For Sale Peru's Coordinator, Ricardo Dawson, recently met with indigenous community leaders in the Amazon. The meeting discussed collaborating with Amazonian nut and cotton companies to improve the quality of goods coming from these marginalized communities. NFS is creating new futures for those vulnerable to human trafficking by developing key relationships that will lead to more dignified work opportunities.
See the Impact
In 2010 Not For Sale started working with an indigenous association, AFIMAD, which represents 77 communities (150,000 people) in the Peruvian Amazon to co-create community based solutions to fight human trafficking in the region. Not For Sale’s approach is holistic: focusing on the intersection of people and planet to utilize natural Amazonian resources to create global products, local jobs, reduce poverty, and increase access to social and economic opportunities.
On the Ground in Peru
The riches of the Amazon are truly incredible, however the current supply chains extracting goods are broken, favoring a corrupt and powerful minority. Rarely do small poor farmers harvesting raw materials, reap the benefits of profits in the international market, which only continues the cycle of poverty, environmental degradation, and vulnerability. Not For Sale is working to create a value chain that enhances the lives of the region’s people. To achieve this we must first build capacity and meet basic needs of the people – Not For Sale is facilitating several projects to benefit all members of the community.
Schools in the communities often lack resources for teaching and adequate learning. Not For Sale provides supplies to enhance the level of education. Similarly, because there are no high schools in the communities, many youth leave for the nearest city, Puerto Maldonado, in search for work or in hope to continue their education. However with no housing or money for food they are at high risk to exploitation. Not For Sale has developed a scholarship program to provide housing, schools fees, and supplies for youth seeking to continue their education.
To ensure all members of the communities increase their income by gaining access to local and international markets, Not For Sale is designing community-owned gardens that grow raw materials for local consumption and eventually export. In doing so, we provide education on the importance of nutrition, technical training on small and medium size enterprises, and teach sustainable practices of growing and harvesting raw materials.
Women are particularly vulnerable to exploitation due to cultural expectations around childcare and their inability to earn an independent income. In response, Not For Sale hosts artisan craft training for hundreds of women to learn how to produce quality jewelry pieces using seeds and natural materials.