Lorenzo

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Lorenzo is the Altiplano’s version of a techie- at 70 years + He is the alchemist of the cooperative, trying out all the varieties of quinoa seed he can get his hands on. Sowing them in small experimental areas he currently has 76 varieties on...

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Ulali

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Ulali works in the fields, always surrounded by her 2-year-old daughter Kelly. Her 20-year-old son, Roni, pops by to help whenever he can. The rest of the time he’s busy studying IT in the city of Puno. Ulali would love travelling around the world, specifically...

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Balbina

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Balbin is 67, and just like her friend and neighbour Elisabeth, she doesn’t like pictures. Balbina works the fields 365 days a year, without a rest, from 8am to 4pm. The rest of the time she’s busy cooking or knitting clothes for the whole family....

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Narciso

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Narciso is the Vice-President of the “Consejo de Vigilancia”, the supervisory committee of the Cooperative. He harvests quinoa, cañihua and potato. He also raises sheep and cows. He travels as often as he can to Lima and complains about the heat there and how thirsty it...

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Johnny

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Johnny Johnny looks after the microcredit scheme. Having had some credit issues with the original scheme, they have now joined up with the local Savings Coop to which most of the producers belong. This allows professional financial management of the scheme, with the coop supplying...

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Enrique (7) and Millen (6)

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The boys were proud to show off the coops tractors and explained all they knew about them whilst their mum was at the monthly local association meeting at the plant. Monthly meeting of the association On the last day of his visit, James was invited...

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Marta Guttierez Castillo

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Marta’s top tip is to eat the quinoa plants’ leaves for some added greens, but unless you are growing your own in your back garden then not necessarily applicable. She claims her grandparents lived to almost 100 years old on a quinoa based diet. She...

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Tania

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Tania is head of quality control at the plant. She was born in Juliaca but followed her father down to the warmer climate of Lima for 10 years when he got a job there. But she longed to return to her roots. She secured a...

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Juan 12, Alberto 7, Damaris 10 and Nilmer,7

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These are the younger siblings of the troupe of youngsters who are preparing their dance steps for the upcoming carnival. You have to be 13 years old to participate in the dance troupe, so right now they are just eager onlookers. They all admitted that...

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Juana Sandra Alejo Flores and Renso

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This is Juana and Renso. Juana asked if we could send the pictures. She doesn’t know how to use emails or the internet but her oldest son does, so she gave his email. Renso is five years old.

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