2021 Accomplishments

 

 

COVID-19 and Other Health Related Projects

1,000

PPE and informational kits were distributed to communities to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during in-person voting for presidential elections.

52

Radio programs of Salud y Economía al DÍA broadcasted on a local radio to provide communities with information on health and financial education during the pandemic.

6

Hand washing stations implemented in a local elementary school to ensure a safe return to in-person classes.

218

Children received training on oral hygiene and oral hygiene kits with tooth brushes and tooth paste.

The Scholarship Program

50

Scholarships provided to students from rural communities to pursue higher education.

In 2013, scholarships recipients  formed a group that they call Mosoq Riqchary, meaning “New Dawn” in Quechua. They meet throughout the year and use their studies to work on projects that address some of the challenges their home communities face. In 2021 their projects were focused on:

  • Training local artisans in digital marketing
  • Improving nutrition in high altitude communities
  • Tutoring young children during the pandemic to reduce learning loss
  • Helping high school students plan for their future careers and higher education
  • Partnering with primary schools to improve the mental health of students during the pandemic
  • Training communities on waste management
Scholar psychology project

The Economic Development Program

$169,743

Invested by communities in projects they designed to improve their income generating activities and the family economy. The following tables include information on the projects communities implemented in 2021.

Cattle Herding Community Projects

Project # of Direct Beneficiaries (Households)
Oat Seed Purchase 213
Animal Sheds 28
Feeding Troughs 20
Portable Feeding Troughs 19
Cheese Plant 40
Purchase of Calves, Heifers, or Bulls 19
Haylofts 21
Cement Blocks for Construction 9
Electric and motorized pumps 3
Bathroom Biodigestor 1
Total 373

Alpaca Herding Community Projects

Project # of Direct Beneficiaries (Households)
Alpacas for Breeding 16
Total 16

Rural Tourism Community Projects

Project # of Direct Beneficiaries (Households)
Drip Irrigation Systems 40
Tourism Services Improvement 20
Massage Parlor 20
Fish Food for Trout Farm 8
Total 88

Artisan  Projects

Project # of Direct Beneficiaries (Households)
Covered Artisan Workshops 12
Paraffins 14
Paint 10
Air Compressors 18
Glass Display Cabinets 10
Total 64
Drip irrigation project training

The Group Savings Program

$83,127

Saved and invested by the 16 savings groups and community banks of The Group Savings Program.

Accessing loans with fair interest rates can be very difficult for rural communities in Peru. The Group Savings Program facilitates the creation of small savings groups and community banks  to provide members with a place within their community to save their money and take out loans. All of the money saved and invested by these groups comes from the members themselves. The groups are able to provide members with low interest rate loans and all interest paid on the loans directly benefit the groups’ savings. The program also provides the groups with financial education on topics such as how to save and create a family budget, as well as topics related to managing the finances of a small business. In 2021, savings group members reported using their savings and loans to purchase business inventory, cover children’s educational expenses, cover medical expenses, and purchase small farm animals. Women play a major role in these organizations and often assume leadership positions, including offices of President and Treasurer.

Graph of growth in annual group savings
Graph of average annual savings per group

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