In order to fulfill our mission to talk about crowdfunding in Latin America, today we’ll talk about Peru. A country that has made a great entry into the world of crowdfunding, embracing it with great affection. Several Peruvian entrepreneurs have made their own campaigns and have achieved great things. Today you’ll meet some of them.

Crowdfunding in Peru

Some experts agree that crowdfunding came to Peru in 2013. During that time Chile already had the lead on the matter, possibly with the creation of Start-Up Chile. Although collective financing was still a new idea, some Peruvian sectors were already taking advantage of its potential.

Like Chile and other Latin American countries, Peru had to fight against restrictive policies that impeded entrepreneurship. However, despite all that, this country is very rich in entrepreneurs and people who seek to create their own businesses. Or simply carry something out for which they had to do crowdfunding. Let’s see some:

Machu Picchu Dice

Our list begins with a campaign conducted by Carla Escobar, a Peruvian architect and Juan Manuel Gomez, a Peruvian industrial engineer. Both had the idea to design a series of crafted dice made with natural Machu Picchu materials. Using gems and minerals such as lapis lazuli, Peruvian silver, chrysocola, abalone shells and others.

Machu Picchu Dice Crowdfunding
The Machu Picchu dice were made manually by the hands of skilled artisans. Source: Kickstarter

The objetive was to create a new alternative for those who love table games. They come with three designs: one similar to the classic die, “apu” that brings together figures and elements of the Inca culture and another with the iconography seen in the annual calendar of the Incas. The initial goal was $15,000 but they managed to raise a total of $38,154.

Living Across The Rainforests

We’re now going to the audiovisual world. This crowdfunding campaign was an initiative of the non-profit association Construye Identidad. Which promotes the use of local materials and traditional techniques to build rural communities in Peru. Their goal was to make a documentary that shows everyday life in the rainforests of Peru, Indonesia, Honduras and Cameroon.

Through the production, they wanted to show the challenges of living in these places: lack of electricity, water and proper sewage. Everything was done through several teams that traveled to the jungles of these countries to document what happened. The campaign had a goal of $32,000 which they successfully achieved.

2 Quechua Girls, 8000 Miles, Cusco to Santa Fe

Continuing with the topic, we have two Quechua women named Sabina and Magdalena. Both skillful weavers and great artisans. They were invited to participate in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in New Mexico. An event that takes place annually from July 12 to 14.

Amawaki Crowdfunding Campaign
(In the center) Sabina and Magdalena, both skillful artisans from Peru, were invited to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in New Mexico in representation of Amawaki. Source: Kickstarter

Both artisans would go on behalf of the non-profit organization Amawaki, which empowers the Andean artisan women of Peru and connects them with the global market. The objective of the campaign was to raise money to help Sabina and Magdalena get to Santa Fe. So they could promote their crafts in this leading event of popular art.

Supay

We finish with a short film made by Peruvian cinematographer and producer Diego Sarmiento and German actress, director and screenwriter Sonia Ortiz. It’s called Supay and it’s about the story of two women, Valya and Paz, who maintain a romantic relationship between them. But they’re besieged by problems such as social and family rejection, violence and discrimination.

It’s the first LGBT-themed film production made in Cusco, Peru. Days before filming, there were several protests against violence against women and the LGBT community. Which led Sonia and Diego to create a short film that talks about these two controversial issues in Peru. The campaign was made in order to obtain funds to carry out the postproduction. And it managed to meet its goal of 3,000 euros.

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