The Team

  Deborah Azer

Huaywasi Program Manager

Deb, from the United States, joined Huaywasi’s team in June 2019 as a Business Development Intern, and continued to work remotely after departing from Peru. In the last few months she has graduated to a full-time employee as the Huaywasi Program Manager! Her degree is in International Sustainable Fashion, and she’s working to streamline operations and market the best Huaywasi products through the artisans' greatest talents. Deb is passionate about ethical fashion, traveling, yoga, and of course eating as much local Peruvian food as she possibly can (her favorite is ceviche)!


Lara DeVries
Founder & Advisor
Lara, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, moved to Huaycán, Peru in 2009 after founding the Light and Leadership Initiative. Since 2009, she's worked with a steady team of volunteers (both local and international) and LLI staff members to improve Peruvian education for women, teens and kids. She's passionate about the Huaywasi artisan project because it provides not only fair wages to women, but educational opportunities to advance their careers and personal lives.
Having lived in Lima for almost 8 years, she just recently moved back to Chicago with her husband (and new baby Gael!) and loves a good Chilcano (pisco, ginger ale and lime juice--yum).


Olivia Ardini 

Huaywasi Website Design Intern

Olivia joined the Huaywasi team in June of 2020 to aid in redesigning the formatting, aesthetics, and overall layout of the Huaywasi webpage. Olivia is currently studying to earn her Marketing degree at Bentley University in hopes to one day participate in a similar occupation. Although she only recently became a part of the Huaywasi family, her love and passion for Huaywasi has grown to an immense amount. Olivia loves exploring nature, creative writing, and being with the people she loves!

Previous Team Members
Yet still part of the Huaywasi family
Huaywasi would also like to thank the many dedicated LLI and Huaywasi Managers that have worked with our artisans over the past years, and helped the artisan program to grow and develop into what it is today:
Jillian Schneider, Mara de los Angeles, Justine Gilliot, Leni Rohbeck, Charlotte Bennett, Patricia Imada, Sofia Perhomaa, Jessie Sweet, Carina Martin, Naomi Campbell, Adrianna Carlesimo, Leslie Gordon, Beth Bellatti, Chelsea Mahan, Audrey Fulwiler, Abby Carrigan, Heidi Valimaki, Sarah Renkert, Ellie Hargadon-Lowe, Franzi Weil, Meri Paunonen, Shelby O'Brien, Patrícia Imada, Loli Apaéstegui, María Jose Valdivia Alzamora, Keir Hayden
Be part of the team
Are you interested in working with Huaywasi? We offer virtual and local positions in Fashion Design, Business Development, and more.