This project, run by Latidos, offers training and accompaniment to 40 women in Zaña and Cayaltí who grow fresh produce, prepare foods, or make and sell crafts. The project helps them prepare business plans, increase productivity and access new markets. The women will also benefit from legal certification and use of the community garden planted during last year’s project. Over 2 years, they plan to participate in 2 local fairs and to form an association of women entrepreneurs for mutual support, collective action and future development.
Women play an important—but often unacknowledged and unrewarded—role in agriculture in northern Peru. Sexism has conspired with limited access to education, training and resources to hold women back.