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UMA

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UMA

Helping female artisans break free from the poverty trap by enhancing leadership skills and providing access to markets.

Founders

Alejandra Guardia

Alejandra Guardia Muguruza

Harvard Kennedy School

Andrea Guardia

Andrea Guardia

Harvard Kennedy School

Eyner Gamarra

Eyner Gamarra

Harvard Kennedy School

Andrea Vidalón

Andrea Vidalón

Harvard Business School

Maria Andrea Hernandez

Non-Harvard Affiliate

Mariapaz Pajares

Non-Harvard Affiliate

About UMA

Term

2024 Spring

School

Harvard Kennedy School

Connect

Email, Website

UMA is a socially-minded venture that has already empowered over 400 Peruvian female artisans in the most impoverished Peruvian rural regions, with plans to scale our model across South America.

UMA connects talented female artisans at the forefront of South American handcrafted design practices with global high-end design markets, promoting fair pay for the bearers of our cultural heritage.

The UMA team co-designs high-quality product offerings with artisans, supports them with design upskilling and essential production inputs, and offers financial support to enable their operation and grow their business as empowered, independent entrepreneurs.

Join Us

Summer 2024 membership is now open – we cannot wait to be a part of your entrepreneurial journey.

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