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Welcome to the Amazon Forest Store - the online store of the Center for Amazon Community Ecology.  We work with hundreds of native and campesino artisans from the Peruvian Amazon to produce and sell innovative fair trade handicrafts.  Your purchase helps  to create sustainable income for artisan families, promote forest conservation, and supports local development in their communities.  CACE is a member of the Fair Trade Federation so we pay artisans promptly for their crafts. We also devote a portion of our sales to improve health, education and conservation needs in their communities. 

Since our crafts are made by a wide variety of artisans, they may make the same model of craft in slightly difference ways. It is, therefore, important to keep in mind that a craft you receive may look slightly different from the photo of the model shown on a product page. 

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People in the Amazon depend on many resources from the forest, fields and rivers...

by Center for Amazon Community Ecology February 28, 2017

People in the Amazon depend on many resources from the forest, fields and rivers for their food. These include the beautiful striped catfish called sungaro, the armored carachama and plantains. I enjoyed them all during my recent visit to the village of Chino on the Tahuayo River - the same place where artisans make beautiful woven baskets and other crafts. Please check them out at www.AmazonForestStore.org.

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I arrived in Iquitos last Monday and left for the village of Chino on the...

by Center for Amazon Community Ecology February 26, 2017

I arrived in Iquitos last Monday and left for the village of Chino on the Tahuayo River on Tuesday. During my visit at this time last year, the village was completely flooded - a normal event during the rainy season - but this has been a particularly dry season so far. It was great to meet with the artisans again and discuss ideas for new crafts they could make for the Center for Amazon Community Ecology to sell at our new online store (www.amazonforeststore.org). While they have a nice new house to meet, work and display their crafts to visitors (built with support from Amazon Expeditions and CACE), the eco-tourism lodge upriver has had relatively few guests to bring by to buy their crafts in the past four months. We are going to try and help them improve their marketing by producing photos of the artisans they can put in their center, develop their brand based on their association name (Manos Amazonicas = Amazon Hands), and include them in the second Artisan Leadership Program workshop we will hold at the end of March. More about my visit to Chino tomorrow.

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The work and affection that they put you is invaluable. Watch our new video...

by Center for Amazon Community Ecology February 25, 2017

The work and affection that they put you is invaluable. Watch our new video dedicated to the artisans of the Peruvian Amazon!

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CACE volunteer Clayton Douglas sorting hand made guitar straps woven by native...

by Center for Amazon Community Ecology January 24, 2017

CACE volunteer Clayton Douglas sorting hand made guitar straps woven by native artisans from the Peruvian Amazon. Coming soon to the Amazon Forest Store (www.amazonforeststore.org).

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