Our Seed Grant
While preparation for the project was started in June of 2009, Kachari has debuted as a cohesive enterprise this November. Kachari is presently funded by Yale University through the Gordon Grant, a year-long fellowship that supports projects engaged in some way with the private sector and fostering a heightened awareness of the issues that will shape the business world of the future. Funding consists of the coordinator's living expenses, so that during the first year all profits will be channeled to improve our stock of products, market our services, strengthen our relationship with artisans and expand our support of handicraft development. We are grateful to Yale University and to our supporters for this opportunity to contribute to Ayacucho and to the growing alliance between Development, Business and the Internet.
Iara Cury, Coordinator
Iara was born in Brazil and immigrated to the US at the age of 13. She attended Yale University, graduating with a double major in Latin American Studies and Physics & Astronomy, and currently she is academically interested in Anthropology, Development Studies and Tourism.
Iara loves traveling in the Andes, going to the crafts and food markets around Ayacucho, and climbing mountains (although she hates climbing down). She particularly enjoys Andean music.
Special thanks to Jen Witte, Michaela Callaghan and Yannick Monschauer for sharing pictures of places and products and helping me with comments and suggestions.