Cool Earth knows there’s a direct link between empowered communities and reduced deforestation. But without equality, social and economic growth for women is often slow. That’s why we’re focusing on the women in our rainforest partnerships. From setting up healthcare and sanitation projects to founding income-generating cooperatives, the strong women we work with in Peru, Papua New Guinea and the DR Congo are driving long lasting change. And that means more rainforest safe and sound.
This International Women’s Day we are showcasing two inspiring individuals in Cool Earth’s Asháninka partnership.
Adelaida and Chabucca are two of the older Bustamante sisters and daughters of the Cutivireni Chief, Cesar Bustamante. Born and raised in Cutivireni, Adelaida’s passion for helping others started young, and she became one of the few women who bravely left to train as a nurse in Cuba. Returning to Cutivireni, she teamed up with Cool Earth to work as a health promoter making a difference to the future of hundreds of local families. This wonder woman takes a pivotal role in the community health and sanitation programme and has spread her knowledge and skills to women in outlying villages.