Socially Responsible Initiatives
Shamans Market is committed to being socially responsible. From practicing fair trade principals when partnering with individual and grass root artisans to eco-friendly practices in our business to giving back to through donations to community and 501c3 nonprofits we endeavor to Live in Harmony with our Earth. Below are some examples.
Provide financial support to the following small grass roots nonprofits:
The Heart of the Healer Foundation
Our mission is to preserve indigenous cultures and restore our Earth. In order to safeguard and revitalize the vast storehouses of knowledge and cultural traditions of indigenous people, we must also protect the natural habitats and ancestral sacred lands of their origins.
The Heart of the Healer (THOTH) Foundation, a 501(c) nonprofit, is the catalyst for the emergence of a planetary family living in sacred relationship with our Earth Mother. By bridging the gap between indigenous cultural traditions and the modern world, THOTH brings together Gaia's diverse populations in harmony with the planet. Our vision includes birthing multiple world-renowned residential and ceremonial centers that model healthy communities and serve as a repository of traditional wisdom. In alliance with leading edge Earth stewardship organizations, THOTH offers innovative and pragmatic strategies for rainforest restoration initiatives. Our work strengthens earth-honoring cultures and positively impacts the socio-economic viability of indigenous people. THOTH is Service-In-Action.
Amazon Promise is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization founded to provide desperately needed medical and dental care to remote populations living in the Upper Amazon Basin of Northeastern Peru. Our Peruvian operations are headquartered in the jungle city of Iquitos where we provide medical services and education to its residents and neighboring Belen. Additionally, since 1993 we have conducted routine medical outreach, training and education in 40 remote villages.
Our volunteers form the backbone of our organization. Medical, dental and non-medical volunteers work alongside our seasoned American and Peruvian staff to serve the needs of over 6,000 people each year.
Camino Verde is a United States-based 501-c-3 tax-exempt charitable organization dedicated to:
- Protecting and understanding biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon.
- Protecting indigenous rights, autonomy, and wisdom.
- Spreading sustainable ways of life and encouraging fair, sustainable development.
Our mission is to plant trees and encourage others to do the same.
Camino Verde is committed to upholding the strictest standards of sustainability, integrity, transparency, and simplicity in the course of realizing our goals. It is our belief that the most powerful solutions are among the most simple and over-looked. The natural world is the inspiration and model for the solutions we create.
Through the generous donations of our customers we have provided support to several grass root causes and projects. Following is a sample of this type of support.
Christmas in Qeros
It’s become a tradition for us to provide support to the Q’ero indigenous peoples of the high Andes of Peru for their annual Christmas party in their small village of Qeros in the high Andes a difficult two days travel from Cusco. Q’ero leader Benito Apaza and volunteer Carrie Golitz have organized this celebration for many years. They provide the tradition of hot chocolate, fresh bread and often some small gifts for the children.
Herlinda Medical Fund
Herlinda Fernandez Augustine (Agustin) was one of a few Shipibo indigenous woman healers, whose life work was a unique repertoire of ancient songs (called icaros) which she used to affect healing of her people and change in the world around her. Her songs spoke of the power of plants and the importance of harmony between humans and nature. She was featured in the award winning documentary film "Woven Songs of the Amazon" by Anna Stevens and her icaros were featured in a CD by the same name. Herlinda was, along with the women of her Amazon village of San Francisco, Peru a traditional weaver of the unique textiles of the region. The textiles featured here are from Herlinda and her family.
Prior to her passing in December of 2010 our community donated funds for her medical treatment and again for her family in the wake of her passing. Although it’s been years since her passing her memory and work lives on.
Shipibo Children’s Sports Equipment Fund
In 2012 we received a request from Henry Agustin, son of late Shipibo Shaman, Herlinda Agustin. His family and community in the Amazon provide us with many of our Shipibo products. Henry is a school teacher and teaches school deep in the Amazonian in the indigenous community of Nuevo Paraíso. Henry says "I have a deep desire to supply our sports field with balls, cones, mats and vests for soccer. These kids are very talented and the government has forgotten them because our community is so remote and difficult to access. Could you please help us to achieve our goal?" Of course we said yes and again with the help of the Shamans Market community we have provided funding for the school to purchase the equipment they need.