Andean Collection is a brand of accessories with a social mission as inspiring as its aesthetics. Its founder, Amanda Judge, is intent on showing that business acumen and social good are not mutually exclusive, and with Andean Collection the proof is in the pudding.
Designed in New York City and handcrafted by artisans in South America, Andean Collection can be found in thousands of locations. Their jewellery is made from sustainably harvested seeds, while their line of hats, scarves and belts are handmade by over 65 artisans across eight fair trade workshops in Ecuador.
In 2012 Andean Collection partnered with GIZ, the German Agency for International Cooperation, to launch the Amazonia Project. The Amazonia Project allows Andean Collection to collaborate with local farmers and track the supply chain of seed production from cultivation to harvest, ensuring all materials are sustainably sourced.
As a social enterprise, they substantially reduce poverty in disadvantaged communities in South America and inspire positive change through their social programs, which are funded by a percentage of their profits. Their social programs include a holistic training program and a scholarship program that is available to Andean Collection artisans, their families and select members of the extended community. Andean Collection staff is comprised of trained mentors who guide the artisans through these programs well as those provided by the Ecuadorian government.
Andean Collection also provide zero interest loans to help artisans enhance their income from Andean Collection through workshop improvements, or start a new family business in a different industry.
Recent collaborations have included work with The Supply Change, an extensive network connecting creative professionals to philanthropic ventures to form partnerships.
Andean Collection has been talked about in O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Health, Marie Claire and Time Out.
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