Despite recent economic growth, poverty in Peru’s Cusco province is still widespread: over a third of the population lives in extreme poverty. Although education rates have improved in recent years, youth unemployment and underemployment remain high, particularly among young people who come from precarious urban areas and whose parents lack professional connections. Founded in 1990, Asociacion Kallpa works with local schools, government, community organizations, and youth activists to develop and implement sustainable, collective solutions to a range of health and related challenges facing at-risk children and youth.
With EMpower’s second grant, Kallpa will continue supporting its Youth Employment Centre (CJE) that helps young people set livelihood goals, secure jobs, and identify career opportunities. Under our last grant, Kallpa also developed a differentiated methodology for working with adolescent girls of Quechua origin and will apply this approach with a new group of 50 domestic workers attending night school.