The citizens of Nauta, a town in the Peruvian Amazon about two hours south of Iquitos, suffer from high rates of poverty and malnutrition and their economic opportunities are limited. Traditionally, Nauta’s women were absent from political forums.
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.
Farming families in the Mantaro valley of Peru’s central Junin region have been cultivating crops like potatoes and grains for centuries. So, when USAID suggested that some switch to a new crop, the farmers were curious to learn more.
Last updated: November 17, 2015