When you shop Chimuk, you change the world!
When you buy a Chimuk product, you are making a 3x positive impact in the world: socially, culturally, and environmentally. You empower Peruvian women to work their way out of poverty, so that they may provide for their families, and pave the way for the next generation of change-makers.
Here's how each dollar breaks down:
to the Peruvian artisan
to Chimuk operations
Invested back into community wellness programs
Chimuk, most importantly, works to empower women & create pathways out of poverty. Our first priority is the mental, emotional & economic well being of the women that make up the brand, many of whom did not know how to knit when they first started attending our sessions in 2017. For many women, this is their first and main source of income, and a happy alternative to harvesting tomatoes, a common job in our community. Chimuk has not only given them dignified work and financial sustainability, it has also given them a sense of self worth and of communal support.
Chimuk is named after the Chimu civilization (900-1400 AD). We incorporate Chimu iconography into many of our products. Our community center and knitting workshop is located right next to Chan Chan, the oldest largest mud-brick city in the world and the capital of the Chimu civilization.
Chimuk works with Andean farmers from Peru, sourcing alpaca and sheep wool as much as possible, one of the most environmentally-friendly textiles. We ensure that the small women farmers of the highlands also receive a decent wage for their wool.