Pittsburghers have a chance to win a trip for two to legendary Machu Picchu and other sites in Peru through a non-profit organization called Awamaki with its U.S. base in Pittsburgh that helps Peruvian women access international markets for their textile goods.
Awamaki is selling only 150 tickets for $100 each (tax-deductible). One grand prize winner will enjoy:
· Roundtrip airfare for two from a major US city to Cusco, Peru
· Ground transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
· Entrance fees and train tickets to Machu Picchu
· Seven nights hotel accommodation
· A trip to Patacancha, where most Awamaki textiles are made
· A lesson with a local artisan
· Welcome and departure meals
· Full package value of $5,000+
Second and third prizes are textiles of $100 and $50 value respectively.
Awamaki sells handwoven textiles made by cooperatives of indigenous Quechua women in remote communities in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Profits are reinvested in those communities in the form of healthcare and educational facilities, according to Anne Marie Toccket, who represents the organization in Pittsburgh. Awamaki goods can be found at La Feria and other locations in the Pittsburgh area, she said.
To purchase a ticket, send email to Toccket at firstname.lastname@example.org or via PayPal at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=NWWCG4M5SGMUN.
Checks, money orders and credit cards are accepted. Buyers will receive their ticket(s) in the mail in 3-5 days, and the drawing will be held on Nov. 7. Tickets are available for purchase until Nov. 2.