Handicraft social rebate used to build community pharmacy in Brillo Nuevo

Bora leader working on community pharmacy in Brillo Nuevo. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Bora leader working on community pharmacy in Brillo Nuevo. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

The Center for Amazon Community Ecology has been working with the Bora native village of Brillo Nuevo since 2009 to help several dozen artisans develop and market their handicrafts. Since it takes them five hours to get to the nearest town by motor canoe and a 20 hour ferry ride up the Amazon River to reach the city of Iquitos, it is a long and expensive trip for them to sell their work.

Maria Roque - Bora native artisan and baby from Brillo Nuevo with Amazon hot pad. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Maria Roque – Bora native artisan and baby from Brillo Nuevo with Amazon hot pad. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

CACE buys hot pads and other crafts directly from the artisans in the village, and we earmark 20% of our sales to a Social Rebate Fund to help the community meet their local needs in health, education or conservation. Last summer, Brillo Nuevo decided to use part of its account to build a community pharmacy so they would always have access to medicines even when the government health post was closed or poorly stocked.

Brillo Nuevo community pharmacy built with CACE social rebate. ©Photo by Yully Rojas/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Brillo Nuevo community pharmacy being built with CACE social rebate. ©Photo by Yully Rojas/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

It was sometimes frustrating seeing work start and stop, but people came together to finish the simple building in March. A village leader is now accompanying our CACE representative to buy the first batch of medicines for the pharmacy. Thanks to everyone whose craft purchases made this pharmacy possible. Donations to support this project are welcome through our Peru Project page on Global Giving.

Painting Brillo Nuevo community pharmacy. Photo by Yully Rojas Reategui/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Painting Brillo Nuevo community pharmacy. Photo by Yully Rojas Reategui/Center for Amazon Community Ecology

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