“I was born and raised in the second floor of my grandfather carpentry shop.” 36 years later, the 3rd July 2018, Vaneza Caycho Ñuflo received the international award of Women entrepreneur in the APEC 020 Summit 2018 in Taiwán. Why? Because she using digital fabrication to make carpentry accessible to everyone, either to designers who can create innovative and disruptive furniture or to customers who can buy online personalized furniture and even learn how to make it. The cherry on the cake, through her project, she empowers women to develop their businesses and she fosters local production supported by local makerspaces.
But this success wasn’t reached in the blink of an eye. Her family passion for wood led her to undertake architecture studies and it could have stopped here if she hasn’t discovered digital fabrication during the Fab7, the first event of the FabFoundation in Peru in 2011. She quickly identified the potential of this perfect mix between maker and technology to bring her family business to another level. After graduating the FabAcademy with Benito Juarez, she started to use her new creative freedom enabled by digital fabrication to produce innovative furniture and lamps both easy to reproduce and to personalize for customers. To promote her products and to handle the demand, she had the idea to send them online. With this idea called “Interactivo Furniture”, she won the 2014 entrepreneurship contest in UTEC and then the Program StartUp Perú in 2016 which has fastened its development thanks to the financial support, the communication and the business advice she benefited from both incubators. Her success story has known a new and unexpected boost when the national TV has dedicated a large part of the Sunday edition to broadcast IFurniture story and vision to all Peruvians. This experience has accelerated the creation of an online platform to handle the requests, which is now a pillar of IFurniture operational activities, and to develop a red of designers and makers in her opened makerspace to offer and produce innovative furniture.
Before selling furniture in all the world, Vaneza aims to improve her platform and to open a new and larger space where she could welcome and strengthen her community of designers and make digital carpentry accessible to anyone through workshops.