Cusco Initiative Llama Pack Wins Kunan Prize

Wednesday November 11, 2015
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Cusco Initiative Llama Pack Wins Kunan Prize

The Kunan Prize looks for young entrepreneurs with social initiatives that aim to solve an issue in their local communities, and this year – the second edition – first place was awarded to the Cusco-born social initiative, Llama Pack.

Founders of Llama Pack, Alejandra Arias Stella and Jorge Gálvez, are aware of the lack of career opportunities for locals in their community and they have taken action to challenge it.

Llama Pack is a project that aims to promote the use of llamas for trekking and exploring Cusco and its many “off-the-beaten-paths”. They employ locals who otherwise would have to seek employment in distant communities where they are often separated from their families and don’t make a sustainable wage.

Their social initiative competed against more than 150 other projects from 24 regions of Peru in this year’s second edition of the Kunan Prize. Of those total projects, six finalists were chosen and in the end Llama Pack made it to the top.

Stella and Gálvez won a prize worth S/. 40,000 that will be utilized for legal and strategic advising, publicity, training, and a work space for six months to boost the project.

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