What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Andean Collection's greatest potential barrier is the ongoing challenge of meeting ever-increasing demand for company expansion, both on the business and social sides of our company. In Ecuador, we are challenged to continue to provide employment and training for artisans and to uphold our commitment to paying the educational costs of attending school for the children of our artisans, a benefit guaranteed to every AC employee. To ensure that these challenges do not hinder the potential growth of Andean Collection, we plan to invest heavily in training new employees both in New York and Ecuador. We also spend a significant amount of time and attention on streamlining production in Ecuador to make business as efficient as possible. The investment of these resources will further our on-the-ground development and ensure that AC can expand employment to include as many artisans as production requires.
Tell us about your partnerships
Andean Collection is currently a member of informal networking clubs in New York, but we are not presently involved in formal partnerships with other organizations.
Explain your selections
Funding for Andean Collection depends solely on the revenue from the sales of our sustainable accessories. This sole reliance on our own profits both protects and ensures the efficiency and sustainability of our business model.
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?
We plan to strengthen Andean Collection in the next three years by increasing employment in the communities of Ecuador where we currently operate, complemented by the expansion of our production to include new collections from regions of South America where artisans live below the poverty line. To both satisfy and encourage demand for our accessories here in the United States, Canada, and Europe, we are committed to rapidly expanding the reach of our online sales and the location of our accessories into retail stores across the continent without losing sight of the values that make our company unique and innovative: the personal relationships we maintain with our artisans, our commitment to sustainability in harvesting natural materials, and our affirmation of education and fair trade as a means to rise out of poverty.