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Llank´asunchis (Let´s Work!)

In 2017, Amantani will launch the Llank`asunchis (Let`s Work!) project aimed at helping young people from indigenous communities in the Andes of Peru to access just employment. We aim to achieve this through education, social capital and microfinance opportunities.

March 2017 - December 2019

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  • Need


    Peru’s National Institute of Statistics has reported that 59% of people living the region of Cusco are underemployed, primarily due to insufficient income. A study by the Research Center of the Universidad del Pacifico found that indigenous Peruvians earn 53% less than non-indigenous people. The situation of indigenous young people in the Peruvian labour market is particularly critical due to poverty, the disadvantage of indigenous children in accessing education and discrimination.


    The project is structured around three interrelated programmes.
    Pre-Transition Programme: As young people enter their final grades of secondary school, we will work with them to make plans for their life beyond school and guarantee work experience for each young person.
    Training Programme: We will accompany young people in accessing high-quality training opportunities.
    Employment and Microfinance programme: We will help young people enter the employment market on their own terms.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Indigenous young people will identify their future career path and gain two months work experience.


    » Young people design a life plan in which they identify their goals and aspirations.
    » Ensure young people graduate from secondary school with an ICT qualification.
    » Guarantee each young person gets two month of work experience in the field of their choice.

    What success will look like

    By the number of:
    -Young people who created a life plan.
    -People who identify their future career paths.
    -Young people who gained relevant work experience in their chosen field

    Aim 2

    Young people will complete vocational and further education courses.


    » Support young people in finding and enrolling on training courses.
    » Install a youth hub with computers for young people to work on their homework and have a safe place to study.
    » Young people recieve CV and mock interview training to better prepare them for future employment opportunities.

    What success will look like

    -Young people who are enrolled in training courses.
    -Average number of users at the Youth Hub.
    -Young people with a well presented CV and passed a mock interview test.

    Aim 3

    Young people will begin formal employment positions.


    » Ensure employment positions are secured through our employee´s network.

    What success will look like

    By the number of:
    -Young people that have accessed formal employment.

    Aim 4

    Young people will have access to microfinance opportunities to start their own business.


    » We will provide mentoring and technical support to young people looking to set up their own business.

    What success will look like

    By the number of:
    -Young people who access microfinance investment with monitoring of their business venture.

  • Impact


    With just one extra year of formal education, an individual’s earning capacity can be increased by 10%; a figure which can even reach 20% for women (UNESCO). By supporting young people through this critical period, we can ensure that they are able to access and complete high quality education courses. This will have a lasting impact on their employment prospects, adding value to their CV and giving them the confidence they need to strive for improved working conditions.


    Risks that could influence the success of the Llank´asunchis project includes the following:

    -Reluctance from employers to take on the young people for their work experience.
    -Risk of culture shock when the young people move to the city leading to high drop out rates.
    -Pressure from parents to work.
    We have dealt with these risks by:
    -Spending time building the employers network to secure the young people with job.
    -Mentoring young people through the project.
    -Helping with their living costs.


    We will send regular updates to donors with case studies as well as an annual detailed progress report. We will also share the news pieces via our social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £105,901

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,254 Pre Transition Programme Providing 2 months work experience for 65 young people.
      £48,889 Training Programme Providing training courses for 40 young people.
      £11,702 Microfinance and Employment Installing a youth club and providing a number of young people with microfinance opportunities.
      £30,056 Staff Costs Staff costs to cover the 3 year project.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Evan Cornish Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    British Foreign Schools Society £16,444 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will take place in the province of Cusco. Located at an altitude of 3,300m, Cusco is the main city in the region and is home to businesses, colleges and a booming tourism sector. Most indigenous young people from surrounding communities migrate to Cusco for employment opportunities but are often faced with marginalization due to their illiteracy and traditional way of life. The young people will have the opportunity to study and work in Cusco under equal and fair opportunities.


    The young men and women benefiting from the project come from Quechua communities in the Andes of Peru. The young people taking part in the project are full of potential despite having grown up in extreme poverty and not being exposed to equal and fair education opportunities. Marleni Quispe (a 2013 graduate) is a perfect example of this potential as she became the first woman in the history of Ccorca to go to university.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With 8 years experience working in the district of Ccorca, we have formed strong relationships with young people in the region. This time has also allowed us to expand our social capital in Cusco and set up ideal partnerships with future employers to take part in the project.
    Additionally, the pilot phase of the Llank´asunchis project is currently underway with six graduates. The experience working with them will undoubtedly contribute to the success of the upcoming project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pilar Echevarria

    Supervisor: As Amantani director in Peru, Pilar will supervise the coordinator throughout the duration of the project.

    Dr. Thilo Boeck

    Project Development: Internationally renowned Dr. Boeck brings firsthand experience having worked with young people in Ccorca for the past two years.

    To Be Recruited

    Will be in charge of executing the Llank´asunchis project and overseeing each step of the programmes.