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Awajún Livelihood Support

Awajún Livelihood Support

The Awajún AMARNO artisans group are now one of the Amazon’s flagship indigenous artisan groups with over 30 members.

These women want to make sure they can achieve the same goals as any successful business. Cool Earth helped to provide accountancy training in 2017, and thanks to Rosa Paucai 10 community members started laptop training to boost their marketing skills. We have also helped AMARNO set up their first Facebook page to help get their jewellery seen worldwide. Building sustainable livelihoods which depend on the forest is the best way of keeping it safe long-term.

Awajún Livelihood Support

Fish farms have a double benefit. They provide both a sustainable source of income and a source of protein that puts no pressure on the forest.

Baby fish from hatcheries built by our partners, can be sold to neighbouring villages to restock their own ponds. Last year the annex Kayants, in the Awajún partnership, used their fish pond to feed school children and raise money for school books and materials. There are currently around 4,000 fish fry in the breeding centre at Huaracayo and the carp breeding pairs are big and healthy, meaning they will continue to reproduce all year round.

Awajún Livelihood Support

The village of Huaracayo has brought a totally new source of income to the area with the purchase of a rice machine.

They’ve formed a rice committee and have managed to produce over 2,800 kg of rice already, bringing in six thousand Peruvian soles to the growers and their families. They are growing on 36 hectares of land that was used for rice many years ago, and hope to trial growing this seasonal crop all year round. The waste products from the milling process are recycled to feed the fish at the breeding centre as well as the community’s ducks and chickens.

Awajún Livelihood Support

How do you increase crop yields without clearing forest? By using a miracle tree called Inga, which fixes nitrogen in the soil and improves productivity.

As a bonus, it provides fuel wood and is climate resilient. No wonder our Awajún and Asháninka partners invested in learning how to plant it. Marin, our fantastic inga promoter in the Awajún partnership, is overseeing the implementation of inga pilots in both Urakusa and Huaracayo. Ten farmers in each community are learning how to sustainably intercrop inga with cacao and coffee. Marin’s greenhouse contains 1,250 inga saplings which, right now, are being transplanted into the farmers’ gardens.

Awajún Livelihood Support
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