Belen Vasquez of San Cristobal, who lives in Galapagos Conservancy, was able to bring her artistic ceramic creations into reality thanks to the Women in Sustainable Entrepreneurship grants. She was able to purchase premium clays and vibrant glazes for her ceramic workshop with the funds she received through the WISE grant. Her purchase of a ceramics kiln was even more important, as it represented not only the realization of her dream but also a major leap in her artistic endeavor.
TEMPORAL’s commitment to sustainability is a unique feature in an area that has a limited supply of ceramics and potteries. Each ceramic item is a unique, eco-friendly souvenir, made from earth and free of pollution.
Belen and her team are responsible for collecting plastic waste from beaches, which they then sort and recycle into souvenirs. These upcycled creations are not only a treasured memory of a Galapagos trip, but they also contain a piece of plastic waste that unfortunately drifts onto these pristine beaches from all over the world.
The impact of TEMPORAL on the community has a profound ripple effect. In order to fulfill its social responsibility, a part of the ceramic sales proceeds is used to sponsor art classes for children who are less fortunate on the island. This nurtures their artistic potential, and shapes the future cultural tapestry in San Cristobal.
We are proud of Belen’s efforts, which encourage individual artistic expression and highlight the urgent need to protect the Galapagos Islands. TEMPORAL is a powerful example of how art and sustainability can be combined to transform local communities and ecosystems. Do you want to be part of this mission to find sustainable ways to express yourself and your creativity? No matter how small the action is, it can make our planet greener.