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Daphne Benzaquen

Founder of Daph

"I’m very proud to be from Peru and love being able to showcase the resources and craftsmanship coming out of the country. I feel extremely lucky to be able to share my culture with so many people who are eager to learn and appreciate it."

— Daphne Benzaquen, founder of Daph View Website

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