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Ruraq Maki

Women in the Yanamilla Prison
Women participating in our bi-annual jewelry making workshop


We are looking for a volunteer grant writing and grant research expert who is passionate about our mission to create economic opportunities for low income female artisans in Peru working with traditional crafts. Through fair trade practices and educational workshops Ruraq Maki creates a bridge between artisans and a global market, creating a world where women are economically and socially independent.

Ruraq Maki envisions a world where all artisans earn a fair and just income, allowing them access to basic resources, such as food, water, shelter, education and health care. In this world, handmade artisan work has a permanent place in the global market and culturally traditional materials, techniques, and designs are preserved and valued as legitimate forms of art.

Volunteer Duties may include:

  • Conducts research into prospects for new funding opportunities
  • Write effective grant proposals
  • Complete grant applications by collaborating with Board members and Executive Director
  • Help manage the grants funding portfolio, maintain records and tracking of grant deliverables including all grant application processes from the point of cultivation to proposal submission, compliance, and reporting
  • The volunteer works closely with the Executive Director and Development Director and collaborates with board members to ensure successful grant writing and budget development
  • Assist in developing standard operating procedures & documents

Qualifications / Experience

  • Excellent writing skills (with a successful track record of securing grant funds in the non-profit sector). Strong writing is key to the success of this position and must be strategic, analytical, and data-informed
  • Experience securing grants; experience with foundation relations; experience leading fundraising campaigns and/or soliciting donations from individuals, corporate, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with fundraising databases and best practices.
  • Minimum 2+ years of fundraising, sales, marketing, communications, event planning experience
  • Candidates from backgrounds like Marketing & Sales, Business Development, Corporate Communication, Content Writers, Project Managers, Grant Writers, Partnership are welcome to apply

We’d love to hear from you!

Ruraq Maki is based in San Francisco, however, this position is open to individuals throughout the country as long as they can communicate regularly with the director via email, telephone, Skype, Google Chat, or any other preferred method.

To apply, please complete an online volunteer application here, or reach out to info@ruraqmaki.org

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About Ruraq Maki



Mission Statement

Ruraq Maki, which means Hands that Create in Quechua, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to creating economic opportunities for low income female artisans working with traditional crafts. Through fair trade practices and educational workshops, Ruraq Maki creates a bridge between artisans and a global market, creating a world where women and artisans are economically and socially independent.


Currently, Ruraq Maki operates the Yanamilla Prison Project, which serves incarcerated women in the small Andean city of Ayacucho, Peru. The first, and immediate, goal of the project is to help the women generate income while incarcerated by purchasing goods directly from the women at fair trade prices. We work with the women to develop new products using traditional materials and establish a stable market for their goods in the United States.

Ruraq Maki supports the women as artisans by providing free educational workshops aimed at helping them acquire new skills they can use to generate income. Currently we offer a basic and advanced jewelry making class in the prison and in 2012 we introduced week-long leather working intensives taught by a local Peruvian leather worker. All materials and costs are paid for by Ruraq Maki.

Ruraq Maki firmly believes in acting as a facilitator for communities rather than imposing Western "solutions" on community needs. We are committed to collective decision making within communities and structure our programs based on solutions generated by the community.

Ruraq Maki is a tax-exempt non-profit under the 501(c)3 guidelines.

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • 6 months

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