Projects in Peru

Quechua-speaking children in the Andes, indigenous small farmers, the Afro-Peruvian population – these are the groups that are most marginalised in Peru. The partner organizations of terre des hommes schweiz help young people to generate income through their own initiatives, thereby improving their lives and strengthening their culture.

Young people set up micro-cinemas

A network of small cinemas run by young people is providing entertainment for people in rural areas and in the poor urban districts of Peru. The films they show, which are based on the realities of life for the local population, are followed by discussion events. The young cinema operators are making a valuable contribution to education, social interchange and cultural identity.

Empowering young blacks in El Carmen

In Peru, there is no black movement like there is in Colombia and Brazil. The Afro-Peruvian population lives in social exclusion on the country’s Pacific coast. For the young people who are affected, this social exclusion is hard to bear, because they have little prospect of a better future on account of their ethnic origin. Our partner organisation La Casa de la Mujer Carmelitana has set up the youth organisation Somos Ébano (We are Ebony). It encourages economic initiatives among the young Afro-Peruvians and supports their culture.

More rights for domestic servants

In Peru many girls flee poverty-stricken rural areas and move to the cities to work as domestic servants. The working conditions are tough. The girls, who are often under 16 years old, work up to 15 hours a day. They earn very little or nothing at all, and it is not uncommon for them to become victims of sexual abuse. Our partner organisation Centro Loyola advocates for the rights of domestic servants in Ayacucho, supports their personal development and helps them to become more self-confident.

Higher income for youth thanks to quality coffee

The people living in the foothills of the Andes are reliant on coffee farming for 90% of their income. However, many coffee farmers only produce low-quality coffee, which they are forced to sell for very low prices. As a result, they live in severe poverty. Our partner organisation CEDEPAS hosts workshops and provides specialist knowledge and guidance to help young coffee growers improve the quality of their crops. That way, they can sell their produce at a higher price and reliably support themselves and their families.

Supporting the independence of young people in rural areas

The Andean population of Peru’s mountain regions lives in extreme poverty. In search of work and better living conditions, young people in particular migrate to the cities. What often awaits them there is nothing but further misery. Young people in Pacota have, supported by our partner organisation OAPE, started to make improvements to the traditional practice of rearing guinea pigs, organising it on a proper commercial basis. By selling the guinea pigs, they are able to secure an income that represents a genuine alternative to migration.

Basic information

Vereinfachte Landkarte von Peru

Size: 1,3 Mio. km² (31,1 times Switzerland)

Population: 31,1 Mio. (3,7 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0.740 (Rank 87 of 185 Countries)

Income distribution in %: 80,7 (0 = Equal distribution / 100% = One person owns everything)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years: 46,5% (Switzerland: 26,5%)

Unemployment rate: 6,7%

Key project area: Education and income

Programme Coordinator

Annette Mokler
Programmcoordination Brazil, Western Sahara and Peru
061 335 91 53 | Annette.Mokler(a)
Annette MoklerProgrammcoordination Brazil, Western Sahara and Peru

061 335 91 53 | Annette.Mokler(a)