PUSH FOR PROGRESS
This International Women’s Day we are showcasing two inspiring individuals in Cool Earth’s Asháninka partnership. Focussing on the #PushForProgress, we want to celebrate the women who are driving the long lasting success of change and choice in Peru.
Adelaida and Chabucca are two of the older Bustamante sisters and daughters of the Cutivereni Chief, Ceasar 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 Cutivereni, 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.
Chabucca, the eldest sister, stayed in Cutivereni and became the first female president of the Tsimi community association. She’s also the best advocate of the nutrition programme, having got all of her children eating vegetables – no mean feat in the
Asháninka. Chabucca has also taken in an orphaned girl, Gladys, and raised her as her own daughter.
“I would like to see my children become professionals so that they can help the community. Since joining with Cool Earth: health, education and cacao trading has improved.”
-Chabucca Bustemante, Cutivreni, Asháninka, Peru
Both Adelaida and Chabucca are also play leading roles in Jeto, an all-women cooperative built to help women gain access to their own finances and provide for their family. It’s often a challenge to balance the need for progress in areas such as healthcare and nutrition with cultural traditions and norms. But thanks to your continued support, and to community champions like Adelaida and Chabucca, we are seeing real, lasting growth in Cool Earth’s Asháninka partnership.