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TRANSFORMING LIVES

Quality practices lead to successful growth

June 2014—In Peru, the forestry sector has the potential to become one of the most dynamic sectors within the domestic economy. With more than 70 million hectares of Amazonian forest, sustainable timber harvesting can benefit both the region’s workers and its companies.

Poster informing patients of their right to quality care at the entrance of the Lluyllucucha health center.

Many rural health facilities in Peru face the challenge of providing quality maternal-child health services. However, the Lluyllucucha health micro-network in San Martin, Peru, has reason to be proud. Since January 2010, the maternal mortality rate has been zero.

Maria Tereza Sangama wears a hat bearing the campaign slogan: Pure Collective Energy!

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, Brazil Nut Producer, Board Member, Madre de Dios Federation of Brazil Nut Producer Associations.

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 displays a handicraft at her store in Iquitos.

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.

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Last updated: October 27, 2016

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