Photos: Guinea Pigs Give a Big Boost
In 2013, Heifer Peru started to help families raise and sell guinea pigs, an important staple of local culture.
In 2013, Heifer Peru started working in Ccorca to help families raise and sell guinea pigs. The animals, which are indigenous to the Andes, have been a food staple in the region for thousands of years, and are an important part of local culture. In addition to providing guinea pigs, the project helps connect farmers to Cuzco’s thriving tourism industry, where hotels and restaurants pay a higher price per animal.