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Life in Chanta Alta

Chanta Alta is a town of about 1500 families set high in the mountains outside Cajamarca, the nearest large city. It is reached by an uneven single track road, which is a difficult two hours' car drive, especially in the rainy season. People usually travel by the local combi (bus) or on the back of the milk truck, a journey of between three and four hours that costs up to 10 soles (nearly 2).

Most people are farmers and rely on selling milk and vegetables. One of the main ways to do this is at the local market, which is held in Chanta every Saturday (as many as 3000 people attend). This is when most communication takes place between different villages.

Overall, life in Chanta Alta is hard. With 80% of children suffering from malnutrition and 60% of women having health problems, people were determined to change their lives.

A market stall in Cajamarca, the closest town to Chanta Alta.

A market stall in Cajamarca, the closest town to Chanta Alta.



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