The Chijnaya Foundation

Assisting Communities in Southern Peruvian Andean Highlands


The Chijnaya Foundation works in partnership with rural communities in Southern Peru to design and implement self-sustaining projects in health, education, and economic development. We believe in the capacity of Andean people to create self-sustaining activities that will improve their living standards and quality of life.

On the Ground 

The operational arm of the Foundation is our legally-constituted Peruvian counterpart, the Pro-DIA Association (Dr. Javier Avila, President). Pro-DIA has a full-time paid Project Director, a young anthropologist (Jhuver Aguirre), and two part-time employees, including the dentist in charge of the oral health program (Dr. Maria del Carmen Aragon) and a young woman responsible for our savings programs (Rosmery Montesinos). Executive Director of the Pro-DIA Association, David Cajo, is instrumental in organizing and supervising projects “on the ground” and aiding communities as they form associations to accomplish projects.   All of these staff members are Peruvians.

Economic Development

Economic Development

Rural community economic development is at the heart of the Chijnaya Foundation mission, specifi-cally agricultural microlending.

Health and the Environment

Health & the Environment

The fortunes of families and communities are closely tied to basic health care access, clean water, and native plant and aquatic ecosystems.



We respond to the overwhelming demand of rural families for access to higher education by establishing a university scholarship program.

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