Amanda Judge: Andean Collection
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Amanda Judge holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and poverty reduction strategies. Field research on the survival strategies of women in poverty in rural Ecuador led her to the indigenous artisans of northern Ecuador. In order to introduce their exquisite rare materials to the U.S. market and increase the standard of living for the artisans, Amanda created The Andean Collection in September 2008. Amanda currently resides in Manhattan’s East Village and can be contacted at
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Prior to stating The Andean Collection, Amanda’s work in Latin America consisted of consulting for microfinance projects in Peru and Ecuador and an HIV-related project for UNICEF Nicaragua. With a BS in Finance, Amanda began her professional career in financial services, deciding in 2006 to pursue her passion of international development.

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The Andean Project Launch

Posted on August 12, 2009 at 0:43 0 Comments

Today, I am ecstatic to report that the non-profit wing of The Andean Collection, aptly named, "The Andean Project"** has decided on its first project. A little while ago I received a phone call from Sarah, our intern in Ecuador, who was concerned about a situation arising in Olga's family. Olga, one of our lead artisans, is the oldest of a very large family. Sandra, one of her younger sisters, is 13 and has just finished elementary school.…


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At 17:19 on July 13, 2009, David McGill said…
We believe that fair distribution of profits includes the producers themselves. In addition to fair wages, The Andean Collection offers its artisans an additional path to prosperity: they are part owners in the organization, so they profit as we grow.

We also believe that for products to be fair trade, the must also be ecologically friendly. We are constantly working to ensure that our business practices have positive impacts on the environment, and our first report on the environmental impacts of our supply chain is available upon request.

Well done Amanda. Beautifully stated

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