Tandana's Online Store
Welcome to Tandana's Online Store! Here you can purchase souvenirs from your Tandana volunteer trip to Ecuador or Mali, or buy unique gifts for family and friends. Proceeds go to the people who make the items and to The Tandana Foundation to support our work. If you scroll to the bottom, you can also pay your volunteer program fees. Shipping is included in the listed prices as well as a small service fee. If you'd like to pay by check, combine shipping for multiple items, and/or discuss custom orders, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also shop for additional items on our ebay store!
Show your spirit with a Tandana T-shirt!
Several great designs, featuring either Imbabura volcano or weaving friendships.
Don't forget to specify your size first:
Fill your home with Andean music!
Our amazing logistics manager Vicente Pazmiño and his band Quena y Rondador are back at it again with their sophomore release "Asi Es Mi Tierra." A Tandana program is not complete without Quena y Rondador fueling our after dinner dancing. Take this opportunity to have their music in the comfort of your own home.
One of a kind Kichwa- English Dictionary
Tandana board member, Santiago Gualapuro, has authored the only Kichwa- English dictionary currently in publication. It is a great resource for volunteers planning travel to Ecuador and anyone else interested in learning the Kichwa language.
A charming gift for children
Juanita the Colorful Butterfly, written by Segundo Moreta Morales and illustrated by Into Gualapuro and Luis Uksha, tells a charming tale of a butterfly who loses her color when a witch casts a spell on her. But all of Juanita's nature-dwelling friends help her to become colorful again. Told in Spanish, Kichwa, and English.
Vivid memories of your health care venture
Tandana's health care volunteer venture photo book contains 20 full color pages that visually tell the story of these magical trips to Ecuador. Complete with photos of the breathtaking volcanoes, incredibly beautiful countryside, villages we visit and services we provide.
A unique decoration for your home or material to create your own one-of-a-kind items
Every step of the process to create these beautiful cloths is done by hand --women pick, card, and spin the cotton, men weave it into strips, and women sew the strips together and create these beautiful designs with indigo. Size and design may vary due to the handmade nature of these cloths. Approximately 60" by 48".
A beautiful and unique accessory
Lightweight, beaded necklace. Handmade by Margarita Fuerez in Otavalo Ecuador. Can be worn as a signature piece or for everyday wear. Inspired by the red, beaded traditional bracelets in the Kichwa Otavalo culture. The color red symbolizes protection.
Delicious recipes from our favorite cooking school
This cookbook was compiled by Claudia Fuerez, one of the owners of Tanana's favorite cooking school. It is a collection of recipes taught in their classes as well other traditional favorites, including Llapingachos, Carne Colorada, Quimbolitos, Empanadas de Yamor, Tortillas de Kinwa, Cuy, Fanesca, Colada Morada, and many more!
Give a Gift that Changes Lives
Make a donation to Tandana in honor of your friends and family, and we'll send them a card explaining your valuable gift.
$8 Literacy supplies for one student
This gift allows us to buy a slate, notebooks, pens, and other supplies for one woman in our Tommo So Literacy Program. For the first time, adult women have the chance to learn basic reading and writing in their native language, Tommo So, and, as they say, "step out of darkness into light." The participants are finding all kinds of benefits from these studies, including being able to buy and sell without being cheated, being able to use telephones independently, and being able to keep records for their business activities. They are proud to do these things with their own knowledge and not to have to ask for help.
$25 Medications to treat stomach bacteria for 3 patients
This gift allows us to buy medications to treat 3 people in Ecuador for h. Pylori through our Health Care Volunteer Venture program. H. Pylori is a bacteria causing serious stomach infections that develop into stomach cancer, and its incidence in some parts of highland Ecuador can be as much as 80%. Patients must take a regimen of four different medications to treat the infection, but after they do they feel much better
and greatly reduce their risk of stomach cancer.
$35 Prescription glasses for one patient
This gift allows us to help one patient referred from our mobile clinics in rural Ecuador get prescription glasses. With the glasses they need, patients can see to work, study, play, and do so many things that those of us with good vision often take for granted.
$60 Shovels for erosion prevention work in Mali
This gift allows us to provide 10 shovels to be shared by the farmers in one village in Mali to enable them to build stone contour lines and other erosion-prevention features in their fields and forests. This erosion prevention work conserves soil, conserves water, leads to better crop yields, and supports the environmental protection and reforestation work that the Olouguelemo Environmental Association is undertaking. Your gift helps one community work toward food security.
$100 Fruit trees
This gift allows us to buy fruit trees for an orchard in rural Mali. Orchards provide fruits such as papayas, bananas, guavas, pomegranates, lemons, oranges, and custard apples, that would otherwise be unavailable in villages. They offer dietary diversity as well as a source of income for schools and communities who care for the trees and grow the fruit.
$230 Support for one student mother for one year
The student mothers program supports girls from rural villages in Mali who are living in the town of Bandiagara so they can attend middle school. They have to find families to host them, and if they get pregnant, the families usually send them back to their villages and they have to drop out of school. This program provides training for the families to explain that they can still host the students even if they are young mothers. It also provides food and basic medical supplies for the babies, so they are not an extra cost to the families. It helps girls stay in school despite the challenges of motherhood. This gift supports one young mother for one year.
$250 Classroom supplies for literacy classes in Mali
This gift allows us to buy slates, chalk, notebooks, pens, and other supplies for a full class of 30 women in our Tommo So Literacy Program. For the first time, adult women have the chance to learn basic reading and writing in their native language, Tommo So, and, as they say, "step out of darkness into light." The participants are finding all kinds of benefits from these studies, including being able to buy and sell without being cheated, being able to use telephones independently, and being able to keep records for their business activities. They are proud to do these things with their own knowledge and not to have to ask for help.
$300 Full scholarship for secondary school
This gift allows us to provide a complete scholarship for an Ecuadorian secondary school student for one year. Public schools in highland Ecuador do not charge tuition, but the many other required costs, such as uniforms, books and supplies, and transportation, make it impossible for many children to attend school beyond sixth grade. This gift will help one student achieve his or her dreams by covering all of the costs for one year of education.
$750 Half university scholarship for one semester
This gift allows us to provide 50% of the university fees and other costs that one student in highland Ecuador needs to study at an institution of higher education for one semester. Tandana's university scholarships provide half the costs, while the students work to pay the other half. Many bright students are unable to pursue higher education because they lack the economic resources and also have responsibilities to provide for their family’s needs. This gift will help one student achieve his or her dreams of becoming a professional and making a difference in his or her community.
Pay your volunteer trip fees online
Program Fees 2022, with discount for paying by check at least 6 weeks prior to program start:
- Deposit for all programs $500 USD
- Healthy Communities remainder (1 week) $1150 USD
- Healthy Communities remainder w/single room (1 week) $1300 USD
- Healthy Communities remainder (2 weeks) $2400 USD
- Healthy Communities remainder w/single room (2 weeks) $2700 USD
- Gardening remainder $850 USD
- Gardening remainder w/single room $1000 USD