Tulia's Giving FundTulia's Giving Fund gives back 5% of all sales (20% of each basket sale) to the Maach Den Foundation in Colombia through CAF America, our US fiscal sponsor who vets international charities. All donations are 501c3 tax deductible.
DUE TO THE COVID19 CRISIS, many of our artisans are currently out of work due to stay at home orders or reduced production demands. Tulia’s is trying to mitigate this by giving extra stipends to each family so they can stock up on food and other basic essentials. But we can’t do this alone. You can help by making a donation to Tulia’s Give Back Fund. TULIA'S WILL MATCH UP TO $1000 IN DONATIONS BETWEEN NOW AND MAY 1ST.
What is the Maach Den Foundation?
The Maach Den Foundation, is dedicated to preserving cultural knowledge and traditions of the Wounaan Nonam people for the next generation. Their projects include artisan workshops, preserving traditional medicines - especially in midwifery, and providing emergency medical supplies to remote villages. The foundation is created, governed, and run by Wounaan that are internally displaced in Bogota.
Who are the Wounaan?
The Wounaan are the people indigenous to the rainforests of the Pacific coast of Colombia and Panama. In Colombia, about 9,000 are at risk of cultural extinction due to forced internal displacement.
Forced to Leave Home
Wounaan live under constant threat by illegal armed groups still active in the Colombian Pacific coast. Colombia has the largest displacement situation in the world with nearly 8 million internally displaced citizens. Indigenous and Afro-Colombians are disproportionally affected by this displacement. Over a third of Colombia's indigenous groups are at risk of cultural extinction due to displacement and human rights abuses.
Despite these challenges, the Wounaan are master artisans. The men are expert wood carvers and the women are known for their basketry, recognized as among the most beautiful in the world. Their signature fiber is the new shoots of the Chunga Palm Tree. When dry, the fiber has a brilliant & smooth shine. They are the artisans behind our collections of woven jewelry, bangle bracelets, children's bracelets, palm seed rings, and home decor folk art.
Take a Deeper Dive
For more information about displacement in Colombia and the Wounaan, check out these story boards created for our art exhibit "Wounaan Folk Art: Preserving an Indigenous Colombian Tradition".