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Contacts for Peru

Foundation Representative

Miriam Brandao

Program Assistant

Maggie Reuter

Local Liaison

Juan Carlos Rheineck

Country Strategy

Peru struggles with poverty, violence, and widespread inequality. Our grantee partners address these issues by developing economic and social opportunities for underserved populations, including women, youth, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and people with disabilities. Some have begun working with communities affected by the Venezuela humanitarian crisis, which has brought 800,000 displaced Venezuelans to Peru. Currently, our grantees work in 10 of Peru’s 24 departments. 

We awarded our first grant in Peru in 1971. Since then, we have provided $65 million through 319 grants to local organizations.

Projects in Peru

ordered by most recently awarded



Cooperativa Agraria Ecológica y Solidaria Piura (CAES), helps members of 11 agricultural cooperatives in Ayabaca province raise family incomes by increasing the production and quality of their sugarcane fields, improving their processing plants, and training farmers in organic and fair trade certification, which gives them access to larger markets.

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2019-Acción y Desarrollo

Acción y Desarrollo, provides Venezuelan migrants in Lima with psychosocial support and provides both migrants and locals with entrepreneurial and job skills training and access to credit for start-up businesses.

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Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios Santo Tomás (APASAT), is an association of small-scale dairy producers that is expanding and improving its dairy processing plant in Luya to increase sales of milk, cheese, yogurt, and dulce de leche and reach larger, formal markets.

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Amazónicos por la Amazonía (AMPA), works with associations of cacao producers to increase family incomes and protect natural resources by developing an inclusive and scalable business model for converting discarded cacao pulp and husks into high-demand products.

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2018 – Centro Moyano

Centro de Promoción de la Equidad “María Elena Moyano” helps small-scale producers from six organizations increase family incomes, diversify and add value to their products and protect the environment by cultivating agroforestry systems focused on native rubber species and associated crops.

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The Asociación Peruana de Productores de Cacao (APPCACAO) is helping small-scale producers, members of three cooperatives, to raise their income and quality of life by improving their production of fine flavor cacao and strengthening their management and governance practices to ensure greater participation of women and youth.

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2017-Cáritas Cusco

Cáritas Arquidiocesana del Cusco (Cáritas Cusco) promotes social and economic inclusion and works to increase food supply and family incomes through improved production and sale of vegetables and guinea pigs.

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Asociación Peruana Mujer y Familia (APMF) works with grassroots organizations, community members and public officials to combat and prevent violence and to secure access to basic protections, care and remedies against aggressors.

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Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR) helps workers establish a support network, reinforces their knowledge about their rights and obligations, and strengthens their vocational, interpersonal and negotiation skills to find better-paying jobs.

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Frequently asked questions

Who governs the IAF?2018-08-17T13:44:23-04:00

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is governed by a nine-person board of directors appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Six members of the board are drawn from the private sector and three from the federal government. The board appoints a president who serves as the IAF’s chief executive officer.

How is the IAF funded?2018-08-17T13:44:22-04:00

Congress annually appropriates funds for use by the IAF pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1969, as amended. The IAF’s other primary funding source is the Social Progress Trust Fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank and consisting of repayments of loans originally made by the U.S. government under the Alliance for Progress to various Latin American and Caribbean governments. The IAF accepts donations for projects in the region.

How is the IAF different?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • A value-driven mandate allows the IAF to support programs that promote entrepreneurship, self-reliance and democratic principles as well as economic progress for the poor.
  • Responsiveness to the ideas of organized people drives IAF’s work.
  • A focus on innovation and experimentation makes the IAF a pioneer in the development assistance community.
  • A bipartisan public-private governing structure assures the IAF benefits from entrepreneurial experience and works toward the long-term national interest.
  • A lean operating structure keeps overhead to a minimum and maximizes program returns.
What is grassroots development?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00

The IAF uses the term “grassroots development” to describe the process by which disadvantaged people organize themselves to improve the social, cultural and economic well-being of their families, communities and societies. This concept is based on the premise that the key to sustainable democracies, equitable societies and prosperous economies is a people-oriented strategy that stresses participation, organizational development and networking.

What are IAF’s guiding principles?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • Support people, organizations and processes.
  • Channel funds directly to nongovernmental organizations.
  • Promote entrepreneurship, innovation and self-reliance.
  • Strengthen democratic principles.
  • Empower poor people to take the initiative in solving their problems.
  • Treat partners with respect and dignity.
What has the IAF done?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

The IAF has been a leader in helping grassroots initiatives gain recognition as a critical factor in the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1972, the IAF has awarded more than 5,200 grants totaling about $730 million to support more than 4,000 organizations. Many grants went to grassroots organizations such as agricultural cooperatives or small urban enterprises; others were awarded to larger intermediary organizations that provided community groups with credit, technical assistance, training and marketing assistance. The largest portion of IAF funding has been invested in enterprise development, followed by food production and agriculture, education, training, and eco-development. Together the IAF and its grantees have tested cost-effective, participatory models for social and economic development. These models have been replicated and expanded by government and larger donor agencies improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of poor families throughout the hemisphere.

What are the results of IAF funding?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

Grassroots development works. It not only engages poor people in improving their conditions but also fosters responsible citizenship. To gauge the impact of its investment, the IAF systematically tracks the results of its projects by using a conceptual grassroots development framework. This measures tangible results of projects and assesses the civic capacity of individuals, organizations and communities

How can the IAF do so much with so little?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00
  • It knows how to select its partners. The IAF supports grassroots groups with a track record in participatory self-help activities, who are willing to invest and risk their own resources.
  • It responds to local initiatives. The IAF does not design or impose projects; instead, it builds upon the ideas and commitment of local people.
  • It encourages processes that are sustainable, either with revenue generated by grantees or with resources leveraged from private and public sectors.
  • It supports innovative approaches that are replicable, allowing the IAF to increase the impact of activities through a multiplier effect.