Cada a–o alrededor de 1000 agricultores de las comunidades andinas de Huinchiri, Choccayhua, Ccolana y Chaupibanda en la provincia de Canas (Cusco), participan en la ceremonia de tejido y reconstrucci—n de un puente hecho a mano a base de una hierba local llamada "Qoya", que se extiende 120 pies (36 metros) y que mantiene viva una antigua tradici—n Inca utilizando tŽcnicas que se han trasmitido de generaci—n en generaci—n. 

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Weaving the Recovery – Indigenous Women in Tourism

Selected at the 2020 Paris Peace Forum to receive one year of support in 2021

Project led by : 

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Geographical Area
Latin & Central America
Inclusive Economy

This project led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is driven by the conviction that empowering Indigenous women from Guatemala, Peru, and Mexico through tourism and culture, with a particular focus on textiles, will considerably support their recovery after Covid-19.


The initiative aims at empowering indigenous women (starting in 3 countries: Mexico, Peru, Guatemala) to ensure long-lasting sustainability and economic recovery after Covid-19. The designed project follows a participatory approach, proposing an inclusive model which draws a roadmap for inclusive grass-root development and women's socioeconomic empowerment. Through a comprehensive toolkit, capacity building, and a mentorship system, indigenous women will ultimately have the skills to compete effectively in the market, and profit from tourism's social, cultural and economic benefits.


Weaving the Recovery unites the World Tourism Organization, the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance and the Cultural Policy Observatory CRESPIAL into a collaborative venture to ensure that Indigenous women profit from the tourism recovery. The project builds on the lessons learned from IMPACTO and Centro de las Artes Indígenas in preserving ancient knowledge and promoting fair trade in the Totonaca and Altos de Chiapas communities. Working together, the benefits transcend both borders and sectors.

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