- Social Innovation Fellowship
Esperanza International is a Brown University student-run organization that works closely with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon to address the negative social and environmental consequences of oil extraction. By working collaboratively with community members, Esperanza aims to improve education opportunities and engage in cultural conservation initiatives. This summer Pilar plans on further developing an initiative called “The Jewelry Project” in the Secoya community of Ecuador. Her goal is to work closely with the women of the Secoya community to form a jewelry cooperative, which would help create a sustainable framework to import and sell their jewelry in the U.S. This at once aims to provide women with an income independent of their husbands’ as well as help maintain the important tradition of jewelry making passed down from mother to daughter for generations. After helping to form the on-the-ground organization of a cooperative, she plans to return to the U.S. and find a sustainable way to market and sell the jewelry.