Heifer Peru

Live in rural areas

Rely on agriculture for livelihood

Live below poverty line


Twenty-two percent of Peru’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 19 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and about 26 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Peru rates 82 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Three percent of its 30 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and four and a half percent of children under 5 are malnourished

6009 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Peru

Families living in Andean countries are vulnerable to hunger and poverty— especially indigenous and rural populations of the Andean Basin. Heifer Peru works with many of these families to create long-lasting change, such as more income and better diets.

We provide small-scale farmers, including women, with gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training that help them increase their income. We also teach farmers how to grow enough food for his or her family in an Earth-friendly, sustainable way.

Through our programs, farmers gain access to better tools and find buyers for their products. We also train farmers in political advocacy so they can lobby for access to and control of their natural resources.

Martina Barrios (26) with her children outside their home
Martina Barrios (26) with her children outside their home.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Full Participation, Leadership Training, Asset Ownership, Market Training

  • Increased Income

    Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Entrepreneurship

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Farmer Exchange Visits, Government Alliances, Information and Communication Technologies

  • Nutrition

    Animal and Crop Management, Dietary Diversification, Vegetable Gardening, Food System Development, Food Security, Healthy Homes

  • Environment

    Natural Resource Management, Agroecology, Agroforestry, Policy Development

Programs and Projects


    Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities

    Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides

    Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor

    The Andean Plateau, Paramo, Camelid and Yarn

Project Partners


  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • Walmart Foundation
  • T & J Meyer Family Foundation

Local implementing partners

  • Sustainable Harvest
  • Coordinadora de Entidades Extranjeras de Cooperación Internacional (COECCI)
  • Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú (ANPE)
  • Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES)
  • Centro de Investigación, Documentación, Educación, Asesoría y Servicios (IDEAS)
  • Centro de Investigación, Capacitación, Asesoría y Promoción (CICAP)
  • Grupo para la Promoción y Desarrollo de los Andes (GRUPO ANDES)
  • Centro Ecuménico de Promoción y Acción Social (CEDEPAS Centro)
  • Red para el Desarrollo Social, Puno


Heifer International Peru

Heifer International Peru

Av. Brasil N° 2948 Magdalena del Mar, Lima 17 – Perú

T: (51-1) 4616338

F: 2613122

E: oficina.nacional@heiferperu.org

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