The Hilo Sagrado Foundation was founded in January 2013 by Sabrina Prioli, an Italian sociologue who, inspired by the Wayuú, decided to move to Colombia to create a foundation dedicated to preserving the culture and traditions of indigenous groups, using an inclusive model that sought to improve the quality of life in such communities.
In 2015, Ana Maria and Emilia Torres, two Colombian sisters with extensive experience in the promotion of social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship, took on the leadership of Hilo Sagrado. Their aim: to design and implement a new business model that would establish Hilo Sagrado at both the local and global level, consolidating strategic partnerships and generating long term sustainable development.
In February 2015, Natalia Bertel joined the team as Executive Director, and in 2016 Hilo Sagrado was selected by Artisan Resource to participate in the “Incubator Program” at NYNOW, the biggest lifestyle show in the United States. This came on the back of a highly successful launch of an exclusive collection of contemporary design products at Expoartesanías, in Bogotá, Colombia, in December 2015.
Since then, Hilo Sagrado has entered over 10 markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia, increasing the number of artisan women supported from 17 to 150, and empowering 5 women leaders in the communities that we work with. Through this, we have been able to provide social benefits such as access to water and education to over 500 beneficiaries in Wayuú indigenous communities.
None of this would have been possible without the support of strategic partners such as Avianca, Artisan Resource, the Centre for Administrative Studies (CESA), the Government of Israel, MOB and a community of over 3,000 people who support us.