A better future for the region’s local people
The Amazon's Marañón and Ucayali Rivers are rich in rainforest biodiversity and indigenous cultures, yet they also encompass some of the most inaccessible and neglected areas of Peru. The LEX-NG Fund supports Minga Peru, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local people, primarily women and families in rural communities in the region. Minga Peru helps develop income-generating and educational programs focused on health and the environment. This includes agroforestry, management of fishponds, leadership training, radio programming, and sustainable management of natural resources.
In much of the Upper Amazon, radio is the primary way information is disseminated. A twice-weekly radio program “Bienvenida Salud!” (Welcome Health) offers an avenue for local people to learn about critical social themes such as domestic violence prevention, reproductive health, and natural resource management.
Minga Peru invites the most active listeners of its radio programs to become community promotoras (developers) and receive leadership training. The promotoras then share their new skills and knowledge within their own villages, creating a powerful vehicle for positive change.
We support Minga Peru's efforts to establish economic and food security through the development of income-generating projects and workshops on native plant management including growing and harvesting food.
In conjunction with the Artisan Fund, Minga Peru, and By Hand Consulting, we support empowering artisans in the Amazon with training on how to create and sustain craft-based businesses.