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Active grantees: 19
IAF commitment: $5,039,359
Counterpart value: $5,139,957
Total investment: $10,179,316
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, civic participation, cultural expression, education/training, enterprise development, inclusion of indigenous peoples, & women, research/dissemination.

Contact information:

Miriam E. Brandao, Foundation Representative
Monica Radwan, Program Assistant
Juan C. Rheineck, Local Liaison

Active Grantees

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Instituto de Investigación para Desarrollo Rural, Agroindustrial y Medio Ambiente (IDRA PERU) will develop the technical and organizational skills and market access of 225 members of 14 artisan associations, primarily women and young adults, enabling them to increase and diversify their production and improve their income. The project should indirectly benefit another 900 residents of the eight communities located around the archeological site of Sillustani, in the district of Atuncolla, Puno.

Asociación Kallpa para la Promoción de la Salud Integral y el Desarrollo (Kallpa) will help consolidate two Centers for Youth and Employment, create two Youth Business Incubators and develop two networks that focus on issues of youth employment and entrepreneurship. Activities will take place San Juan de Miraflores in Lima and in Cusco.

Taller de Capacitación e Investigación Familiar (TACIF) will help 130 indigenous Peruvians improve their nutrition and income by expanding their production and marketing of native fish, farmed in ponds, and diversifying these enterprises. The activities planned, which are also expected to reduce overfishing in the Amazon River basin, will
 take place in Santa Maria de Ojeal, a rural community in the Punchana district of the department of Loreto.

Asociación Chico Latino (ACL) will work in 12 rural communities in Choquepata, Cusco, to help indigenous women improve their production and sale of guinea pigs, develop the skills that communities need to manage their natural resources, prepare residents and their local government to access funds through participation in the budgeting process, and raise awareness of issues related to domestic violence, health and nutrition. The project should benefit 110 Peruvians directly and another 850 indirectly.

Minka Trujillo (Minka) will help 130 farmers, including dairy farmers, in Trujillo’s Santa Catalina Valley increase their income by improving their production of organic foods for sale to consumers and upscale restaurants via Minka’s marketing arm, MINKA VERDE. Project activities will benefit another 1,700 indirectly.
Centro para la Investigación en Salud Ambiental (CREEH) will train 250 gold miners in practices that reduce exposure to mercury and will develop the ability of their communities and local government to undertake sound measures to reduce the impact of this contaminant. The miners and their families will directly benefit from better health, income and living conditions; another 100,000 Peruvians will benefit from a safer environment in the province of Canta, in the Lima Region.
COOPERACCION–Acción Solidaria para el Desarrollo (COOPERACCION) will provide training and technical assistance to 285 artisans, harvesters and representatives of civil society so they can manage the production of rush and totora reeds, diversify their crafts and increase their output, boost family income and protect the local ecosystem. The project will indirectly benefit some 3,000 residents of communities surrounding three wetlands in the north-central coast of Peru: Albufera de Medio Mundo, Santa Rosa and Paraíso.
Asociación de Mujeres Emprendedoras de Buenos Aires (ASDEME) will increase the income of its members by strengthening their business and marketing skills, investing in their microenterprise and achieving a better market position for their chocolate products. Approximately 50 persons from the district of Buenos Aires, Piura Region, will benefit directly and another 100 will benefit indirectly.

Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Red de Flores Quiquijana(ASPROFLOR) will help its members increase their income by diversifying and improving their production of flowers; investing in infrastructure; pooling their production to sell in volume; and reaching new markets. More than 100 Peruvians from four communities in the district of Quiquijana, Cusco Region, will benefit directly and another 190 indirectly. 


 Asociación Promoción de la Gestión Rural Económica y Social (PROGRESO) will help 378 producers from two associations from the Piura Region increase their income by improving their production of organically grown bananas and their sales to the export market. Training and technical assistance and will enable the farmers to develop their associations, qualify for certification of their bananas as Fairtrade and organic, invest in irrigation systems and processing facilities, and access public funds.

Cooperativa Agraria APPBOSA-Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Banano Orgánico Samán y Anexos (APPBOSA) will help 500 farmers and 320 staff members and field workers from the Sullana province of Piura increase their production and export of organic bananas by developing their technical and marketing skills as well as its own. An additional 17,200 Peruvians will benefit indirectly.

Cooperativa de Producción y Servicios Especiales de los Productores de Camélidos Andinos (COOPECAN) will raise living standards and incomes for approximately 600 smallholder alpaca farmers by improving their herds and increasing the quality and quantity of their wool fiber. COOPECAN will also strengthen its organization by training adult members for leadership positions and preparing youths in their communities for the eventual generational change. Project activities will be carried out in Ayacucho and Cusco and will indirectly benefit an additional 5,400 people.

Asociación Negra de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos and Ashanti Perú Red Peruana de Jóvenes Afrodescendientes (Ashanti Peru) will strengthen the capacity of 60 young Afro-Peruvians to participate more fully in their communities and advocate for inclusive public policies. It will also strengthen the cultural identity of an additional 750 youths from poor districts of Lima and will assist in the formation of youth and educational networks aimed at sustaining the project’s goals and objectives.

Ashanti Perú Red Peruana de Jóvenes Afrodescendientes (Ashanti Peru), in partnership with Asociación Negra de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (ASONEDH), will develop the capabilities of 60 young Afro-Peruvians to advocate for inclusive public policies. It will also carry out activities aimed at strengthening the cultural identity of an additional 750 youths from poor districts of Lima and forming networks aimed at sustaining the project’s goals and objectives.

Sociedad y Discapacidad (SODIS) will develop a pilot program to test assisted decision-making services for Peruvians with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities. These services should enable these citizens to live independently, exercise their legal rights and access other services. SODIS will provide training and technical assistance, document the research and disseminate the results. The project will directly benefit 150 persons and an additional 8,000 persons indirectly.  

ProDiálogo Prevención y Resolución de Conflictos (ProDiálogo) will empower members of four youth organizations to use urban art, dialogue and collaboration to address problems of violence and security in four poor districts of metropolitan Lima. To this end, ProDiálogo will provide training and technical assistance that will benefit 90 youths directly and an additional 8,000 indirectly.

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR) will empower female domestic workers to negotiate better contracts and obtain better paying jobs. It will help them strengthen their vocational and interpersonal skills, reinforce their knowledge about their labor rights and obligations, establish a support network and provide them with job search assistance. It will also raise awareness of the rights of domestic workers and disseminate information on best hiring practices to employers and the public at large. The grant will benefit 3,600 women directly and 44,650 persons indirectly.

Asociación Peruana Mujer y Familia (APMF) will work with local grassroots organizations and empower citizens and public officials to find community-led solutions to prevent gender-based violence. It will also seek to secure women’s access to basic protections, care and remedy against their aggressors. It will conduct campaigns, mobilize the community, develop strategic local alliances and prevention campaigns, carry out advocacy and design a monitoring and evaluation system to gauge effectiveness of its activities. The grant will benefit 22,315 women directly and 20,000 persons indirectly in the district of San Juan de Lurigancho.

Cáritas Arquidiocesana del Cusco in Peru (Cáritas Cusco) will support equitable and sustainable development in the Callatiac community in Cusco by strengthening its communal organization, promoting the inclusion of women and youth in community decisions, increasing food security and family incomes through improved production and sale of vegetables and guinea pigs, and protecting the environment. It will also prepare the community to access funds for local investments through the participatory budgeting process. Project activities will benefit approximately 200 persons directly and another 870 indirectly.