Huaywasi Program Manager
Jill, from the United States, joined Huaywasi’s team in April 2018 as the Business Communications & Development volunteer, but in the last few months has graduated to a full-time employee as the Huaywasi Program Manager. Her degree is in Operations & Supply Management and Marketing, and she’s working to streamline operations and market the best Huaywasi products through the artisans' greatest talents. Jill enjoys reading, running, and trying as much local Peruvian food as she possibly can (her favorites are ceviche, lomo saltado, and chaufa!)
Founder & Executive Director
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).
Previous Team Members
Yet still part of the Huaywasi family
Huaywasi would also like to thank the many dedicated Women’s Empowerment Program Managers 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:
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
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