Began working with our first community in Lomas de Zapallal, an informal urban settlement in Lima, Peru. 


Established the Informal Urban Communities Initiative (IUCI) at the University of Washington, and undertook donor-funded projects and community-based study abroad programs in Lomas de Zapallal. 


Initiated relationships with partners and communities outside of Lima, in Iquitos, Peru (2015) and Kathmandu, Nepal (2016)


Envisioned our future as an independent nonprofit organization working in collaboration with communities, universities and other organizations, locally and globally.


Founded Traction. Registered as a Washington nonprofit, charitable organization, and federal 501(c)3 (EIN 84-1744458). Over the years our work has evolved and expanded. However our mission and values remain the same!