FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is I am Peru?
I am Peru, is a charitable non-profit organization that started in 2006 with the goal of empowering Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes to overcome adversities relating to unsustainable tourism and development. We run two social enterprises and one charitable program to achieve this goal:

 

  • SLOW VILLAGES PROGRAMME – Develop Cultural and Agricultural activities into economic initiatives. Educational, Cultural and Agricultural social project stem from this programme according to need.
  • LLANTU PERU – supports Indigenous weavers who practice their textile tradition to keep their culture alive while economically stabilizing their families and communities.
  • NEW HORIZONS EDUCATION INITIATIVE – Charitable initiative for youth which supports the most promising youngsters from these communities to find employment in their regions’ new job sectors by providing help with their post-secondary education.
Why does I am Peru need my support?

I am Peru is run almost exclusively by volunteers and donations, so your support is treasured in many forms!

Time:
 Volunteer with us. A rewarding way to spend your free time.
Funds:
 Donate monthly. A little bit can go a long way.

 

Alliances:
 Partner with us. Whether selling our LLantu products in your shop, sharing your space for an event, or providing funding, we are always excited to make new partners with like-minded businesses.
 Travel with us. Sustainably tour our communites
What makes I am Peru different?

I am Peru is run almost exclusively by volunteers and donations, so your support is treasured in many forms!

Time:
 Volunteer with us. A rewarding way to spend your free time.
Funds:
 Donate monthly. A little bit can go a long way.

 

Alliances:
 Partner with us. Whether selling our LLantu products in your shop, sharing your space for an event, or providing funding, we are always excited to make new partners with like-minded businesses.
 Travel with us. Sustainably tour our communites
Isn’t it paradoxical to preserve traditional lifestyles while at the same time creating new opportunities?
We don’t believe in the concept of “preserving” a culture. All cultures adapt in resilient ways in order to overcome challenges. A common danger of Western societies is to romanticize Indigenous cultures as static, stagnant peoples of the past, rather than what they truly are: living, adaptable, and extremely resilient cultures that deserve support as they revitalize their traditions and livelihoods in the face of extreme systemic challenges caused by oppression, globalization, and power imbalances.
As long as these forms of adaptation are ignited by the voices of community members, and that true consultation and collaborative stakeholder engagement is at the forefront of all decisions, adaptation can be a positive and necessary part of cultural recuperation and revitalization, and has been an integral part of cultural survival since time immemorial.
I'd like to make a donation! Who do I write a cheque to?

First off, thank you for your generosity!

You can address cheques to: 

Won't the people you are working with become dependent on help?
One of our key goals is to not be part of the dependency cycle. We have several mechanisms in place to ensure that we create capacity for interdependence and autonomy and are not just offering handouts.

 

Llantu products, only works with already-established autonomous weaving cooperatives and assist them with legal registration so that they are independent as local community organizations. We then mentor them to learn marketing, language, and numeracy skills so that they are not only master artists but also skilled businesspeople, able to independently sell their products and self-advocate.
In the New Horizons Programme, we encourage all of our students to return to their home communities as leaders and professionals, and to invest in Mosqoy once their careers are established, whether through finances, time, or skills. In this way, as more graduates exit our program, the Mosqoy Youth Program will gradually be owned and operated by its own skilled alumni.

 

All three of our programs work directly in collaboration with our partnering communities, and adapt frequently based on community needs and the current socio-economic climate. We are currently increasing the presence of our Peru Board of Directors, and continually work to improve the impact of our social enterprises so that our charitable programs are less dependent on external donations and increasingly financially self-sufficient.