The Heartful Giving Project

By Julia Chiriboga In Crafts, Cultura, Entrepreneurship, Social Impact Located In Santa Barbara, CA
The Heartful Giving Project supports international folk art by providing a Community Arts Center where local artisans can practice and teach their skills. Our first project will take place in Súa, Ecuador.

Welcome to The Heartful Giving Project! My name is Julia Chiriboga and I am the enthusiastic founder and project director. I have always had a passion for helping people and have been an entrepreneur my whole life. The Heartful Giving Project supports international folk art by providing a Community Arts Center where local artisans can practice and teach their skills. Our first project will take place in Súa, Ecuador and we need YOUR help!

Maryanne Chiriboga is the hard working in-country project director in Ecuador (and my mom). After studying international development at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA, she traveled to Ecuador as a volunteer with a missionary organization. It was while living on the coast in this tiny community of Súa that she first met the group of local artisans who call themselves “Manglares de Súa.”

She was so impressed with the amount of talent they all posses but saddened to see the lack of opportunity provided by the government. Ten years ago, when they formed the association, they set out to construct a communal center for the production of handicrafts to sell to the public.

At that time, a little fundraising was done and a crude pavilion was built as a starting point. The roof is made from banana leaves that do not protect against the rain, the floor is dirt and dangerously uneven, the walls are thin bamboo that allow in the weather and there exists no running water or electricity. However, the facility is in place and with a little attention it can become the Community Arts Center it was intended to be.

Our wish is to help this group of artists fulfill their dream of building a functioning art center where they can practice, teach and sell their traditional handicrafts. Where the youth of the community can have a place to learn marimba dancing. A place where the public can come and celebrate the rich culture that this town has to offer. 

The Impact

  • Firstly, it helps to preserve the culture and traditions that are often unique to each rural village. 
  • Secondly, it provides an alternative activity for the youth keeping them off the streets and out of trouble while teaching them creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Thirdly (and more applicable to villages with tourism), increased income for the artisans who will thrive in improved working conditions and will be able to sell to tourists out of their new Community Center.

What We Need

Floor                   $1020
Roof                   $2400
Water                 $2000
Electric                $500
Building Permit     $500
Misc                    $1080
TOTAL                $7500

What You Get (view reward details over there ----->)

$1 -Small Supporter
$10 - Founding Friend
$20 - Muchos Gracias
$30 - Bracelet Buddy
$75 - Coffee Compadre
$150 - Hammock Hommie
$250 - heARTful Supporter
$400 - Supreme Supporter
$500+ - Corporate Sponsor

Other Ways You Can Help

Are you a writer/blogger/Facebook addict/social media enthusiast? We appreciate any support we get!

The Team

Julia Chiriboga is the enthusiastic founder and project director of The Heartful Giving Project.  She has always had a passion for helping people and displayed an entrepreneurial spirit even at an early age. Julia loves meeting new people, experiencing new places and learning new things.

After receiving her AA from Santa Barbara City College, Julia decided to start her own online fair trade jewelry business, Adonya Imports. She completed a Business Plan Intensive course though a local non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) and launched her website in December 2012. She has learned a lot from this experience and will continue to use her skills to take The Heartful Giving Project to the next level.

Julia Chiriboga has a vision of turning this Project into a certified non-profit, with which she will fund similar projects around the world. With the help of a small team of photographers, journalists and videographers, they will film and document each project, telling stories of struggle, triumph, traditions and culture.

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Maryanne Chiriboga is the hard working in-country project director in Sua, Ecuador. In 2008, Maryanne graduated from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA where she found her passion in life, International Development. Upon graduating she traveled to Ecuador as a volunteer with a missionary organization. Once this was fulfilled she began to work independently with various groups of poor.

It was while living on the coast in this tiny community of Súa that she first met the group of artisans who call themselves “Central Artisanal Manglares de Sua.” She was so impressed with the amount of talent they all posses but saddened to see the lack of opportunity provided by the government.

She wishes to help this group of artists fulfill their dream of building a functioning art center where they can practice, teach and sell their traditional handicrafts. Where the youth of the community can have a place to learn marimba dancing. A place where the public can come and celebrate the rich culture that this town has to offer.

  • Project Successful

  • $980

    Raised of $7500 (13%)
  • 13 Backers

  • Ended

  • Everything Helps Funding
This project ended Thu, Aug 01 23:59 PDT

Rewards

Small Supporter

The power of a dollar is small but mighty. We will email you a link to a video of Project Director Julia Chiriboga cooking a traditional Ecuadorian meal. YUM!

Founding Friend

Your name will appear on our website on the “Founding Friends” page and your name will live in glory FOREVER. Plus a link to the cooking video.

Muchas Gracias

We will mail you a Thank You card hand signed by the artisans + a picture of the artisans that you will be proud to display on your fridge. Plus the cooking video and your name on our “Founding Friends” page. 

Bracelet Buddy

Receive one of these comfortable handmade Acai Seed bracelets that combine fashion and compassion. Natural and Multicolored available. Plus the cooking video, your name on our “Founding Friends” page and a Thank You card from the artisans.

Coffee Compadre

Your mornings will never be the same after drinking this fairly traded Organic coffee out of your new mug from Ecuador. You will soon be enjoying 1lb of the finest Coffee or Tea that Ecuador has to offer. Plus the cooking video, your name on our “Founding Friends” page and a Thank You card from the artisans.

Hammock Hommie

You will be the envy of your entire neighborhood when they see you relaxing in this handmade hammock (you may want to consider building a taller fence). Plus the cooking video, your name on our “Founding Friends” page and a Thank You card from the artisans.

heARTful Supporter

Painting is silent poetry. Receive a print of an original painting by Anna, an artist in the association in Sua. Plus the cooking video, your name on our “Founding Friends” page and a Thank You card from the artisans.

Supreme Supporter

Pre-Hispanic societies would sail rough waters to the Gulf of Guayaquil in search of the Spondylus shell. These seemingly simple shells are charged with symbolic powers since Pre-Columbian times. Receive a necklace and earring set handmade using Spondylus shells all hand polished by Lupin, an artist in the association "Manglares de Súa." Plus the cooking video, your name on our “Founding Friends” page and a Thank You card from the artisans.

Corporate Sponsor

We will proudly display your logo on our website under "Sponsors" and tell all our friends, family and followers how incredibly awesome you are!! Plus 3lbs of delicious organic coffee for the office and a Thank You card from the artisans you can prop up on your front desk.