Economic development for rural communities is at the heart of the Chijnaya Foundation mission. Our greatest success has been in the area of agricultural microlending. In the four communities all families in need of a cobertizo have built one and paid back their loans. Most have used the reconstituted fund to improve eye and respiratory health for their women and children by installing smoke free stoves that send the soot and ashes out of their kitchens.
Artisan Market Access
The Chijnaya Foundation is a proud vendor of heritage wool crafts from Puno and has supported the efforts of an artisans’ association in the village of Chijnaya to revive traditional embroidery styles that had been abandoned in the 1960s in favor of faster and less elaborate forms that had been used for wholesale to middlemen for sale in low-cost tourist markets near Puno.