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THE MONKEY PROJECT


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THE MONKEY PROJECT


 

sock monkeys for a cause

Each sock monkey is hand-crafted by women in Huancayo, Peru and fairly traded to become a toy in your child's life that teaches friendship, love and peace. In turn, these monkeys provide an income for the women in Peru and a way for them to pursue their art and craft. 

 
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Shop our collection of sock monkey characters in two different sizes and make one of these a part of your family! 

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Shop our collection of sock monkey characters in two different sizes and make one of these a part of your family! 

SHOP NOW!

quotes from parents

 "Once I found out about The Monkey Project they quickly became a staple gift from me to my friends who are new parents. I love giving gifts with such a beautiful meaning and purpose."

"I love having toys in my home that double as teaching points. Both of my kids love their monkeys and we often talk about how they were created by craftswomen in Peru!"

"Our daughter loves her monkey, Otis, so much! It follows her almost everywhere we go!"

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OUR STORY


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OUR STORY


our foundeR

Seven years ago Nubia Echevarria moved to her parent’s native country of Peru for a year. While living in the small town of Huancayo, the Artisan capital of Peru, Nubia was inspired by the talent the native artisans possessed. This beautiful mountain town, nestled in the heart of the Andes, was rich in craftsmanship but lacked work opportunity. Nubia wanted to provide a platform for these artisans & their talent and thus, The Monkey Project was created.

our women

We have employed a skillful, talented group of women to hand-crochet these sock monkeys. We pay fair market value for each sock monkey and as our business grows, we can employ more and more talented people to grow in their careers. The women are flourishing as they learn the value of working to earn a fair wage for their families; their income is adding capital into their communities; and in return, we are able to purchase hand-made, one-of-a-kind sock monkeys for kids and adults alike to love and enjoy.

our monkeys

The monkeys use unique Japanese form of crochet called Amigurumi, and a one of a kind, patented pattern. Each monkey is made of custom died yarn to give the monkeys their character and signature look. 

Each sock puppet monkeys has a name based on their color and each character represents a different value to teach and grow in your house. 

OUR MISSION

The Monkey Project believes that love is the most powerful force in the world, and as a social enterprise we express that love through our commitment to fair-trade business practices. We provide work to talented Peruvian women who hand-crochet each of our lovable sock monkeys while also, educating the younger generation on social issues and the concept of giving-back.