Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs’ Contributions to Peru’s Economy, Territorial Governance, and Climate Resilience

Author: Rights and Resources Initiative

Date: May 3, 2024

In recent years, the fundamental role of Indigenous Peoples’ leadership and ancestral knowledge in economic development and their Peoples’ survival has gained increasing recognition. Since 2018, the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) coalition in Latin America has emphasized the importance of better understanding the roles of women in these communities, and how they contribute to territorial governance, women’s empowerment, and the strengthening of leadership.

In 2023, the RRI coalition conducted the study, Contributions of Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurships in Peru to their Economy, Territorial Governance, and Climate Resilience During COVID-19, whose results are shared in the present document. The research included four case studies conducted in Peru, which examine the contributions of Indigenous women-led entrepreneurships to local economies, territorial governance, sustainable natural resource management, and resilience to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

RRI consultants Zoila Aurora Cruz Burga and María de los Ángeles La Torre Cuadros developed this research with contributions from the Women’s Coffee and Quinoa Association (Asociación Femenina de Café y Quinua, AFCQ),Nuwas Awajún Forest (Bosque de las Nuwas), Maroti Shobo Artisanal Association (Asociación de Artesanas Maroti Shobo, AMS) and the Association of Ashaninkas Iroperanto Koya Business Women (Asociación de Mujeres Empresarias Ashaninkas Iroperanto Koya, AMEAIK). This executive summary provides a detailed overview of these Indigenous women-led enterprises and their roles within their respective communities.
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