Marilu Sculpts Wood @ Yanesha Project, Peruvian Amazon
ORG by vio is working with Yanesha artisans on a joint bio jewelry project with PaTS (Partnerships and Technology for Sustainability) organization and funded by IICA-Finland (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture).
In this video Marilu talks about how she never imagined to be sculpting wood into jewelry. More on the Yanesha artisans and community here. See the Yanesha collection here.
Using managed forest wood, which has been carefully selected, to create added value products like jewelry, furniture, bowls, among other items, helps generate about $2,000 per tree instead of selling a tree for a mere $100 for its wood alone. This is more beneficial to the artisans and community, as well as helps protect the rainforest from clear-cutting.