The community of Huayre is located above the tree-line in the Andes Mountains of Peru at 4100 meters (14,000 feet) above sea-level, making it extremely challenging to grow plants and vegetables without a green-house. The nearly tree-less grassland leaves no escape from the strong solar rays in the high elevation site near the equator and this can cause problems with malnutrition in a community that solely grows and consumes a large amount of potatoes. The "Green-Thumb Project", supported in 2011 with a grant from World Connect, built a greenhouse in the high school to provide the students a fun, educational opportunity to work on forestation project and to promote health by growing a vegetable garden that can supply a more nutritious diet.
To enhance the capacity and capabilities of Dzaleka Women Cooperative to develop and implement programs aimed at improving the livelihoods of their communities through sustainable use of the envir... ...Learn more