Sara Hurtado has been in love with the forest ever since she was a little girl.
"I would always go to the jungle in Cuzco where my parents lived, and every venture into the forest was amazing, " she says remembering her childhood vacations.
Llamely Tejedo will never forget the day she told her brother that she wanted to open her own business.
“He looked at me and said, ‘If you choose to be poor, I feel sorry for you,'” she recounts with a steady gaze.
Adela Estrada Carrera, 28, lives in the rural community of La Victoria (the Victory) in the district of Shunté in Peru's San Martin region. The mother of two children, she begins each day at 4:00 a.m. by cleaning the house, preparing food and attending to her family’s needs.
Agriculture is the way of life for many Andean communities, and the mountainous region of Ayacucho is no exception. Farmers there cultivate lands that depend mostly on rainfall for water. Yet in recent years, droughts have been occurring more frequently in the region, creating a demand for irrigation water.
Last updated: June 26, 2014