Our organization was born of our founder’s dream, Agapito Marcapiña. Agapito was born in Ayacucho, a city located in a fertile valley on the Peruvian Andes at 2,746 metres above sea level. Agapito learnt from his family the art of doing handicrafts and thanks to the opportunities and his hard work he was able to sustain his family and made a living from the handicrafts for about 25 years. Long time that made born on him the dream that he could sell his products directly abroad and without using intermediaries and therefore improve his living conditions.
One day Agapito, attended a conference were the speaker talked about an opportunity for small producers to sell their products directly abroad. That was the first time he heard about the FAIR TRADE. After that conference Agapito called five other artisans producing different Peruvian Handicraft lines to join his dream.
It was 2006 and our organization was founded under the name of APTEC PERU, initially was producing only different Peruvian Handicraft lines and some years after continued with the creation of our Textile Line of handmade garments and accessories made of natural fibers like baby alpaca and organic cotton.
In 2007 we became members of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) which means a great opportunity for our organization as all our customers feel identified with it and seek to establish sustainable business relations over time.
After tough years of learning and were sales were very bad only our dreams and passion kept us as alive. Today our organization exports Peruvian handicrafts and textiles to Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States, Canada and Australia. Our family grew up and today we are more than 100 artisans in the Craft Line and more than 50 weavers in the Textile Line. We remain committed, with much energy and love for what we do to consolidate our growth as the most valued and respected Peruvian Fair Trade Organization.
The most recent change we have made is to refresh our institutional image. This change marks the beginning of a new era for our organization which will include new lines of business such as the Food Line and Ecotourism.
Let us share that from now on we are PERULAND ALL NATURAL, with the same joy and passion for what we do and with more members in the family.