In Huancayo, Peru (1987) my father, Jose Huaman, was sixteen years old when his father taught him to knit on a manual knitting-machine. Grandpa had his own business making clothing and it was time for Dad to contribute.
A few years later, when Mom, Nelly, and Dad were expecting a child (Me, Sandra). They decided to invest in two new manual knitting-machines and expand the family business. They would knit women's ruanas from acrylic yarn and sell them at local markets. After years of hard work, they were excited to open their first retail location.
A Step Forward
Having our future in mind, we wanted to become a more sustainable company. We left the acrylic yarn behind, and began manufacturing our products from Sustainable Alpaca Fiber.
Today, our company is Fair Trade Certified by Peru’s Chamber of Commerce for Exportation, and we are equipped with modern knitting-machines along side manual knitting-machines.
Fair Trade Certification = Fair Wages + Community + Environment
Along with providing for our family, our goal is to create jobs for members of our community. Our mission is to uphold our textile traditions and employ our community to generate sustainable growth.
From the start, our products were handmade including embroidery and crochet designs, and to this day, handcrafted products and handmade designs are our essence. This let us to create Free Training Workshops where we teach embroidery, crochet and sewing to members of our community. By learning a marketable trade they can achieve economic stability and create growth within the community.
Our employees work from home, where they manage their work schedule while simultaneously taking care of their children. In many cases this is their only source of income and it significantly improves their quality of life.
The Creation of Our Brand - WUAMAN
With the support of my family, my husband, Edoardo, and I created WUAMAN the brand. We created WUAMAN out of love. Love for each other, love for our families, and love for the amazing people from the Andes of Peru.
Our WUAMAN brand embodies who we are. We are a family company who treats all its members as such. Members who have worked with us since our humble beginnings.
By bringing our products directly to YOU, using a from-farm-to-table approach, we aim to generate more significant growth for our developing community. Also, we are focused on helping the Alpaca Farmers through our WUAMAN Kids Collection.
We are happy to call Denver, Colorado our new home!
Thanks to your support we are continuing our purpose: to generate sustainable growth in developing Andean communities, through Fair Trade.