Corporate and Partnerships
The purpose of our hybrid model combining charity, EEP, with a social enterprise trading arm, Chureca Chic is to create a self-funding charity and replicable social enterprise model. To ensure that our charity’s impact and our trading arm grow, we require support from external associations. In supporting us in any way possible, you will be part of a lasting legacy for women’s empowerment in Latin America; ultimately in the creation of an innovative charity and social enterprise model.
We can work with you to develop a partnership that will meet your CSR aims and deliver on shared goals to become an effective force, empowering women with education and job opportunities in Nicaragua and potentially beyond. We will stay in touch with regular updates and reports on your impact and demonstrate the outcome of your investment in EEP. For further information please email email@example.com
PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTISTS
In 2010 we started a programme ‘Art for Women’ to create partnerships with national and international artists and designers. We worked to collaborate on designs for the Chureca Chic products whilst we developed the artisan programme into our trading arm. These artists are part of our story in which we built our innovative EEP model the CHURECA CHIC label a reality. These artists helped develop the skill-set of the women and the market appeal of the Chureca Chic products. Today, CHURECA CHIC operates separately to EEP with the profits supporting our scholarship programme. In Nicaragua, CHURECA CHIC is a household name; our story and products have gone to London, New York, Panama and beyond. In February 2017 we are launching y website and online sales from Nicaragua.
If you would like to participate in a design collaboration with CHURECA CHIC please email for further information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lacayo is a Nicaraguan fashion designer of international renown. Shantall Lacayo specializes in haute couture, ready-to-wear, casual wear. In 2014 Lacayo premiered at New York Fashion week2014 and was at Paris Fashion Week in September 2014.
Shantall has acted as a mentor focused on the brand development and promotion of Chureca Chic in Nicaragua.
Yorch Sans is a professional photographer working in Nicaragua. One of Nicaragua’s most coveted photographers, Yorch Sans worked with us on four photo shoots this year for our CHURECA CHIC collection, scenes from the EEP work shop and our reforestation partnership project. His photographs of Chureca Chic have been published in El Pais, Spain, the Ethical Fashion Forum, UK and London Fashion Week. His photos are used throughout this report.
SOPHIE ARGLES, UK
Sophie’s work is influenced and inspired by fashion, fairy tales and flora and fauna. She combines her work with the use of collage, stitch and recycling. “My illustrations focus on the clothing and accessories with the figure as a background for the piece structure. Clothes to me are like people. They have a life of their own and represent who and what we are”
SARAH EMILY PORTER, UK
A UK artist, Sarah Emily Porter works in a range of different media to form both abstract and realistic works of art. Her work ranges from traditional life-drawing to abstract oil painting, as well as glass and paper-cutting.
RUTHBENIA TORRES, NICARAGUA
Ruthbenia is the talented designer behind the Nicaraguan label Coleccion Topec. Her unique designs are inspired by Nicaragua’s natural beauty and she mixes brightly coloured threads with with Gemstones and Silver 925. In 2013 Ruthbenia approached EEP to see if the women could help her create a new collection. She gave classes at the Chureca Chic workshop to teach EEP participants how to create bangles and bracelets with her signature technique threading technique.
ANA ALEXANDRA VELAZQUEZ, NICARAGUA
Ana Alexandra Velazquez founded KUERO in 2005. KUERO creates beautifully designed, luxury, handmade handbags. Ana’s motto is “beautiful inside, beautiful outside”. Ana believes that fashion can change the world for good. At the heart of her designs and label is a social responsibility to the artisans that create the pieces. Ana Alexandra Velazquez is lending her skills to the Earth Education project and teaching beneficiaries how to create leather goods recycling the scraps from her workshop. She is also working with Andrea Paltzer and the team on design and product development.