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    Let's kick off 2017 with good vibes! Kickstarter rewards on its way!

    Let's kick off 2017 with good vibes! Kickstarter rewards on its way!

    It has been a while since my last update! I hope you have had a great festive period with your family and friends!

    I am now in Colombia writing this post from Bogotá, having just came back from a 10 day trip in the Guajira desert with the Wayuu tribe.

    I am extremely excited to tell you that the production of the textiles for our Wayuu backpacks has started. 50 Wayuu artisans are now weaving the patters you selected from the surveys with each piece taking 20 days to be made! We hope to receive the material by the end of February and spend the next couple of months adding the leather details and finishing touches. We are on track to deliver the backpacks early in May, just in time for the summer! Backers of the Wayuu bracelets and crossbody bags will have their products ready slightly earlier with orders due to be shipped at the beginning of March.

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    Beyond the #Girlbossmoment: Daniela Castellanos raises $12K on Kickstarter in the first 24 hours!

    Beyond the #Girlbossmoment: Daniela Castellanos raises $12K on Kickstarter in the first 24 hours!

    Being a female entrepreneur is hard. Being a solo founder is even harder. Running a company that  allows indigenous women in Colombia to make a  living? Well, that kind of pressure sends me rushing  to eat chocolate more than I’d like to admit. So,  when I decided to do a Kickstarter to support my  company Castellano, which makes  bags and bracelets, the pressure I felt was immense.

    My vision for my company has always been to cut  out the middleman by working directly with the  women who create the products, meaning people  can get luxury products without the four-figure price  tag, and I can pay the Colombian women who make  them what they deserve. I saw Kickstarter as the  way to do that. So, I spent two months preparing. I contacted everyone who had ever bought from my company previously. I asked all of my friends if they’d be willing to pledge on the first day. 

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    Summer Update -note from the founder!

    Summer Update -note from the founder!

    This summer has been amazing! We have been a part of numerous summer fairs and festivals across the UK including the Spirit of Summer in Olympia-London, the Embankment Summer Market, the Pure London trade show and having fun at Wilderness Festival in Oxford. Our journey never stops. We keep sharing the life stories of the Wayuu artisans from Colombia and raising awareness of their culture and heritage.

    The Wayuu women make the most decorative and highest quality mochila bags on our planet. Their craftsmanship and living conditions are much to be admired and if you haven’t had the opportunity to meet us personally please check our YouTube/Vimeo channels to learn more about their livelihood. We are constantly posting new clips and interviews from our trips to Colombia which are supported by English captions.

    This year we introduced the new Water and Macrame bracelets which gave jobs to more than 20 women in Risaralda and Bogotá in Colombia and helped our monthly water supply donation to 3 different villages in La Guajira Desert. It is important to clarify that we are not a charity. We are a consumer brand with a social mission that supports local artisans and helps to provide jobs to women living in challenging conditions.

    For the rest of the year we at Castellano have one last challenge. We are launching a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform which has supported the growth of a number of creative projects globally. Many of you may not be familiar with Kickstarter but let us take a second to teach you it works. We will create a campaign based on a new backpack which with your support will be launched into production. The backpack is one that we have designed over the past two years and will be sourced by the highest quality materials. The campaign will support the Wayuu women further in their search for improving their living standards and we hope to make a real difference with your help.

    We will send you more details when we launch in September but I leave you with this clip of how we can give back water supply to the Wayuu families in La Guajira -Colombia.

     

    Daniela Castellanos

     

    WATER PROJECT from CASTELLANO ETHNIC ORIGINS on Vimeo.

     

     

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