Fighting Poverty with Skills Training in Peru

A DFATD delegation witnesses the positive impact of development partnerships in the La Libertad region.

Quiruvilca, a town that depends on mining.

A Quiruvilca community member.

Life in the Andean foothills of Peru can be difficult. There are very few jobs available that offer a decent income. This project has changed the lives of small business owners looking to acquire new technical capacities, as well as the ability to develop new market and supply chain opportunities.

Canada is facilitating a skills training project to help improve the economic and financial outlook of thousands of residents in the Peruvian districts of Quiruvilca, Usquil and Sanagoran.Thus far, 1152 beneficiaries (43 percent of which are women) have received training on improving their technical and management capacities; 971 participants received technical assistance, and 48 others have been chosen for training to provide sustainable technical assistance to their communities on a long-term basis once the project is completed.

Roxana Sandoval, aged 22, is appreciative of her newly acquired skills. She and her family are on their way to becoming financially independent and have taken steps to ensure the growth of their business.

"I've learned how to make better cheese, yogurt and caramel, with our five cows, whereas before we only produced one low-quality product," she said. As a result, she was recently awarded a prize for her milk products at an agricultural fair in her district.

Canada is committed to improving food security and stimulating sustainable economic growth through business development and increased learning opportunities.

This will contribute to international efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and to forge global partnerships in development.

The project is facilitated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development through the Embassy of Canada to Peru and Bolivia and is implemented by CARE and Minera Barrick Misquichilca, a mining subsidiary of Barrick Gold.

Since 2011, the Government of Canada has signed four such alliances with Canadian mining companies, leveraging contributions that made possible the launching of projects in four regions of Peru.

All of these projects have been implemented by Canadian and Peruvian NGOs, and executed in collaboration with municipal governments and other local associations. Similar alliances are in the works in Colombia and Bolivia.

"The transparency shown by all stakeholders will generate long-term benefits. And it will help ensure that future relationships—a necessity, given the nature of our work in Peru—are based on a better understanding of the needs and interests of all." - Manuela Hillenbrand, community relations manager with Barrick

By having representatives from the private sector, the community, and civil society at the same table, a project of that sort contributes to the establishment of an atmosphere of trust, key to the success of local development projects, and ensures the presence of the most qualified people when decisions are made.