We began a working relationship with our first community at Pitagorias in Eliseo Collazos, Peru. This was facilitated by Ben Spencer ...



Initial discussion to become an independent group with a goal to create ourselves as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.  



Formally established as Traction. Recognized as nonprofit in the state of Washington, and continuing to work toward our 501(c)3 status. Over the years our work has expanded and refined to reflect our diverse experiences, however our mission and values have stayed the same.


We formed the Informal Urban Communities Initiative (IUCI) in 2011 as a branch of the University of Washington. This allowed students with the means to gain an experience in international work and developing countries.