Project information

Sharing Knowledge Between Rainforest Communities

Rainforest is only safe when there is a village strong enough to protect it. We’ve worked with our partners in Peru to boost incomes and improve community health. Enabling knowledge-sharing between partners will build strong, empowered communities who can protect the rainforest for the long term.

February 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: Cool Earth Action

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  • Need


    Our community partners face similar problems but have different levels of experience in tackling them.

    The Asháninka are experienced in community health and cacao production but lack means for women to generate income and need support with fish farming.

    Meanwhile, the Awajún have established successful fish farms and a women’s jewellery cooperative but are struggling with their cacao crop and suffer from illnesses caused by a lack of basic sanitation.


    Enabling knowledge-sharing between our community partners should increase household incomes through livelihood development, empower women to build their skills and confidence by creating cooperatives to showcase their skills, and improve community health through a series of participatory workshops.

    Bringing Asháninka and Awajún knowledge-holders together in this holistic approach will enable them to share their skills and experiences to strengthen both their approaches to avoided deforestation

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1) Bring Asháninka and Awajún representatives together to exchange knowledge


    » Facilitate the travel of Asháninka health and cacao promoters to the Awajún
    » Facilitate the travel of Awajún cooperative members and fish farm promotors to the Asháninka
    » Provide the tools and materials needed for workshops and resulting long-term activities

    What success will look like

    Success will be at least two knowledge sharing visits and uptake of new techniques in each community measured by Knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) surveys

    Aim 2

    Increase the number of livelihood development schemes across our two partnerships


    » Support the registration of new cooperatives (focus dependent upon current research by local coordinators on community interest and needs)
    » Support procurement of up-front purchases e.g. equipment, initial inputs required
    » Run initial training workshops on products, processing and techniques, branding

    What success will look like

    Success will be the cultivation of healthy or quality products, such as cacao and fish, as well as an increase in income generated from these activities.

    Aim 3

    Strengthen organisational capacity of existing and new cooperatives in both partnerships


    » Train two volunteers from each cooperative on core skills for business (e.g. financial management, saving and reinvestment, pricing)
    » Organise series of workshops for trained volunteers to share knowledge with other cooperative members
    » Run lessons learned workshops for successful existing cooperatives to help the members identify what has and has not worked well
    » Organise visits for women to successful existing cooperatives to learn what women in other communities have achieved and how

    What success will look like

    Success will be every cooperative able to save and reinvest income and operating with at least one member with a good understanding of running a small business

    Aim 4

    Improve existing and new cooperatives’ access to markets in both partnerships


    » Contribute to costs of attending at least one trade fair for every new and existing cooperative
    » Arrange meetings between cooperatives members and potential buyers of cooperative products
    » Provide basic training on marketing and market analysis to at least one member of each cooperative

    What success will look like

    Success will be every cooperative attending at least one trade fair and gaining a regular local or national buyer of produce

    Aim 5

    Increase community health, sanitation and hygiene awareness and access in the Awajún


    » Employ a local facilitator to implement a community-wide health and sanitation programme in the Awajún
    » Organise visits for Asháninka health promoters to the Awajún to select and train four local volunteers on community health and basic hygiene
    » Run community wide workshops on basic health and sanitation supervised by the Asháninka health promoters and Awajún volunteers

    What success will look like

    Success will be at least three health promoters trained, and improved awareness and understanding of hygiene and sanitation (measured by community KAP surveys)

  • Impact


    The project should lead to the long-term strengthening of our partner villages. Successful cooperatives will be able to sell produce and reinvest the income to their members. Sanitation and hygiene improvements among the Awajún should lead to reduced frequency and severity of health problems as is already seen among the Asháninka.

    We will use household surveys and KAP assessments to monitor and evaluate progress. Ultimately, keeping forest standing will be the biggest measure of our success.


    Risk: Training (on any theme) is not attended or community members don’t use skills learned from training.

    Mitigation: Selecting suitable participants and volunteers is crucial. Our experience shows that women are often the best knowledge sharers and facilitators. Good promoters are critical for the long-term uptake of new skills. We also recognise the importance of making workshops interesting and accessible. Our training is hands-on with the use of role plays, demonstrations, and videos.


    Monitoring and evaluation is an integral part of all our work at Cool Earth. Donors will receive quarterly reports, as well as ad hoc short updates, videos, and images showing the progress of specific projects.

    We also provide key updates and information on our website for all donors to view.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Travel and subsistence costs Transport and subsistence cost for 15 Asháninka and 15 Awajún knowledge community members
      £10,700 Business skills training Tools, materials and specialist support to deliver series of workshops on core business skills
      £12,000 Knowledge sharing workshops Resources, materials and food provision for 60 sessions on a range of themes
      £7,000 Cooperative registration Registration and upfront administration costs for new cooperatives
      £24,500 Tools and materials for cooper One laptop per cooperative Tools and equipment specific to cooperative e.g. tools required
      £6,800 Trade fairs Entry cost for cooperatives to attend one trade fair each (assuming 8 trade fairs )
      £10,000 Community Health Facilitator & Delivery of health and sanitation training and workshops in the Awajún
      £17,000 Project coordination 1 x UK and 1x Peru staff members, as well as 2 local facilitators
  • Background


    Our Asháninka partnership is located in Junin province in central Peru. There are 16 annex villages with a population of 2803. The Awajún partnership is located in Amazonas province in northern Peru.

    There are seven annex villages, with a population of 1685. Average income is less than 100 Soles (USD 30) per month in both partnerships. Both are remote indigenous communities living in rainforest at risk from illegal loggers and mining operations and lacking alternative incomes.


    The project will benefit the rainforest communities of Asháninka and Awajún in Peru. Cooperative members and their families should benefit from improved sustainable incomes for the long term.

    Awajún community members should benefit from improved health and sanitation. The knowledge sharing model which forms the core part of this project is a model that can be replicated more widely in future across these communities and potential new villages that join these partnerships in Peru.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cool Earth has worked with indigenous communities across five rainforest nations and has been developing projects since 2007. We have worked with the Asháninka since 2008 and the Awajún since 2013. This project proposal has been developed together with our partner villages after identifying pressing needs and gaps in their current knowledge.

    The team assembled ensures a community-led project, supported by a proven developer of indigenous partnerships.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Megan Tarrant, Programme Officer, UK

    Megan will manage the project and be responsible for monitoring and evaluation to ensure progress and success.

    Alix Silva, Peru Coordinator, Lima, Peru

    Alix has four years of experience supporting cooperatives in Peru. She will coordinate project activities and support in delivering workshops.

    Josue Morales, Local Facilitator, Awajún

    Josue will lead project participation from the Awajún, lending his technical cacao and fish farm experience to support the participants.

    Deylar Capaquia, Local Facilitator, Asháninka

    Deylar will lead project participation from the Asháninka, lending her expertise in community projects and health and sanitation to the project.

“Since we started boiling water in Camantavishi we have had less diarrhoea problems. The technician explained to us how when we drink the dirty water the kids get sick with diarrhoea.”

Nancy Delgadillo Rojas Health promoter, Ashaninka