Hakhu Project: Indigenous Handicrafts For Cultural Restoration Of Traditional Art [VIDEO]

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Hakhu Amazon Design products are artisan handmade from Ecuador. Photo: Courtesy

The Amazon rainforest devastation leads to a loss of culture, language and land sovereignty. Fossil fuel extraction and deforestation destroyed the environment of the people who live there. With the intention of create alternative sources of income, the Hakhu Project provides an outlet to establish and support the livelihoods of the indigenous women in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while at the same time they contribute to the cultural restoration of traditional art.

This organization is dedicated to promote sustainable development projects, that includes indigenous handicrafts. Founder and CEO of Hakhu Project, Leo Cerda, said he created the project as a form to fight against the deforestation of the Amazon community and help the women to generate income for their families. “We protect the language, we value the water, we value the territory and we value our life within our territory.” 

Cerda is working closely with these women to improve the quality of life. According to the Ecuadorian businessman, many of the women who live in this area suffer from illnesses and have risky pregnancies due to the pollution generated by the extraction of their resources. "When a company enters our territory for the extraction of oils, I see it as a social degradation," says Cerda about the situation in the Amazon.

The Ecuadorian also says how grateful he is with the response and support of people who, in a selfless way, seek to safeguard the area. "First of all, the fight ... is all of us. The fight is every single human being in this planet," says the entrepreneur referring to the support received by actor Leonardo DiCaprio

The Academy Award-winning actor and environmental activist, made a $3.4MM donation to the victims of the Chevron oil disaster in the Ecuadorian Amazon. “It was wonderful that we got support from celebrities such as Leo DiCaprio. His foundation works towards the protection of animal species,” added Cerda.

Another great Ecuadorian artist who supports the cause is the international Pop Star, Mirella Cesa, one of the most important singer-songwriters in Ecuador.

 Learn more about this amazing project and discover the artisan's of the Amazon basin. 
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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.