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Heartwalk Foundation

We are "Weaving Hope in the Andes"

 On Saturday, February 27, we joined our hearts to "Weave Hope in the Andes." 
 75 guests from across the state of Utah celebrated
 over a decade of accomplishments 
in partnership with the Q'ero tribes in Peru. 
Together we raised over $15,000 to fund schools, greenhouses, and barns to 
protect alpacas from severe winter storms in tQ'ero highland villages in the highest habitable elevatons in the Andes Mountains of Peru..

 Weaving Hope in the Andes

The Gift of Ayni for 2016

What a way to start off the new year!! Filmmaker Seti Gershberg's plan to help Heart Walk Foundation save alpaca in Q'ero villages resulted in the sale of 13 Director's Cut Packages of "The Path of the Sun” film set in December. This yielded a $325 donation in support of the Alpaca Barn project! Thank you, Seti! And thank you, "Path of the Sun” film fans!

This special "pay it forward" program gives you access to 12 films by Seti Gershberg about the Q'ero people and Andean culture in his extensive series "The Path of the Sun." 

The filmmaker will donate $25 to Heart Walk Foundation for alpaca barns when you purchase the Director's Cut Deluxe Package for only $55. 
Use coupon "Save the Alpacas" with either link: 

Save the Alpacas
photo credit:  Seti Gershberg with permission

Watch this video now.

Thirteenth Trek to Remote Q'ero Villages in September  

 Representatives of Heart Walk Foundation trekked into remote villages of the high Andes Mountains to deliver donations to isolated Q'ero communities and to discuss project plans for the coming year in each village. We recorded narratives and stories of the elders for a cultural preservation project. We launched a three-year project requested by every village to construct sturdy stone barns to shelter alpacas from brutal winter cold, reducing casualties from the severe winters. We return with exquisite textiles sold through TribalStore.org  and private sales to raise funds for projects in food security, education,  and cultural preservation for the Q'ero people.


Thanks to our supporters, on February 26 we reached our goal to fund 100 greenhouses to give Q'ero families nutritious vegetables. After subsisting on potatoes for all meals, the veggies are a huge treat!

Gregoria in her greenhouse

 Visit our online Tribal Store 

Q’ero women are famous for their exquisite textiles of hand spun alpaca. You can support their ancient cultural traditions by visiting our Tribal Arts Store to purchase bags, ropes, shawls, coca cloths, hats and more for amazing one-of-a-kind gifts.

Weavers are paid fair trade prices to bring essential cash to Q’ero families. The remaining proceeds are invested in projects in the weaver’s community, including schools, training, aquaculture, and greenhouses.  


Woman Weaving

The weaver picks each individual yarn to create the complex sacred symbols.
Every textile is unique and expresses ancient Andean cosmology and
a sacred relationship with Pachamama and all of creation.


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Co-founders Win Red Cross Heroes Award
 Tim and Penelope Eicher (Dammeron Valley, Utah) were awarded Red Cross Heroes Award for International Service for their work with the native Q'ero communities in Peru. The award was presented by the Southern Utah Chapter of the American Red Cross at a luncheon.  The Eichers were featured in a short film about their service to the native tribes living in very challenging circumstances.  March,  2015.

 Filming in Hapu Q'ero Communities. May 2014.


In response to the severe snowstorms in the Andes that kill so many animals in the Q’ero territories every winter, HWF has been funding the purchase of the highest quality alpaca males for every family to use for breeding. These outstanding breeding males will be owned collectively by the communities to strengthen the line of future alpacas for years to come. We are also investing in the construction of sturdy shelters to protect the alpacas from severe winter storms.  Each barn costs $1000 and will shelter 40 alpaca. Saving the life of one alpaca costs only $25, and every female will produce at least 5 crias (lambs) in its lifetime.  What a lasting investment to stabilize the economy of Q'ero families!

 As always, Heart Walk Foundation focuses on projects requested by the communities that will help them all sustain a more stable and healthy life of dignity on their ancestral homelands. 

Giving breeding alpacas to the Q'ero

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  Volunteer opportunities: 
  • Data entry at the convenience of your home or office
  • Manage our online handicrafts webpage
  • Host a one-hour "Peru Party"  to introduce others to our mission and the beautiful handicrafts made by Native Peruvian artisans. We will provide a short documentary, photo exhibit, and textiles. You invite your friends to share the inspirational stories. 

    To explore ways you can serve, please contact Melanie Kimbel