Green Festival Speakers
Dr. Tamara Stenn
Founded in Bolivia in 1997, KUSIKUY was developed by US Peace Corps volunteer, Tamara Stenn.
Upon finishing her work with the Peace Corps she returned to the United States to earn a Masters in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training. Here, Tamara learned about the fast growing Fair Trade movement. Already a strong supporter of native technologies and organic products, KUSIKUY's structure and philosophy fit in well with the Fair Trade community.
Inspired by fellow Fair Trade counterparts, KUSIKUY has grown from a small home based business to become an international internet retailer and wholesaler.
In 2004 KUSIKUY became a proud member of the Organic Trade Association and expanded its line of hand made natural clothing to include EKO certified organic pima cotton.
Tamara saw a need for more support for the development of organic clothing cooperatives. In 2001, AYLLU, Inc. a 501c3 non profit, was created to help with grass roots development in the Andes and the education of consumers about of benefits of using Fair Trade and organic products. In June 2007 KUSIKUY's headquarters town, Brattleboro, Vermont, became the 2nd Fair Trade Town in the USA. This initiatve was created and backed by KUSIKUY and AYLLU.
Today Tamara is a university lecturer - teaching Fair trade, Management and Women's leadership. She is earning a Doctorate in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University (NH - USA). Her research topic is examining trade from Pre-Inca times to the present to uncover ways that Bolivia's successful trading past can be realized once again.