Threads of Peru
Apus Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through when on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism we began contributing $15 of the price of each trek to local communities, in a range of different projects like supporting a school, health campaigns, and donating for specific items, like seeds for greenhouses. Later, we began to put that $15 into a local NGO who was working with Andean communities.
Over time, we began to realize that we could do more for the Andean people than just give money to other organizations. We decided that it was time to take responsibility for more of the development efforts in the communities we had come to know and love trough our work in tourism. In August of 2008, a Design class from a university in Canada contacted Apus Peru and offered to contribute their skills as designers to our development work in Peru. The students and their teacher travelled to Peru on a research trip which focused on the subject of traditional Andean weaving. This collaboration led to the formation of the Peruvian NGO, Threads of Peru.
Since 2009 Apus Peru exclusively supports Threads of Peru.
Many of our guides and translators also work now with Threads of Peru. This way, our whole organization has the opportunity to spend time giving back to the communities that we visit with trekkers. Likewise, some of our clients want to return to work with Threads of Peru, or choose to donate to the organization after they have visited as a traveller.
For more information on Threads of Peru and the subject of traditional Andean weaving, please visit the website: threadsofperu.com
For current activities and updates refer to the Threads of Peru Blog
By doing a trek with Apus Peru, you will know that a portion of your trek price is going to Peruvian people in need. You will be helping to create real change by helping communities to help themselves.
Social support is a useful marketing tool for many travel agencies and many make claims in regard to their support – Apus Peru is one of the few agencies in Cusco that considers their support as core to the business and the establishment of Threads of Peru is the embodiment of our commitment to making a positive and sustainable contribution to the quality of life for rural Andean communities.
Aims and goals of Apus Peru's establishment of Threads of Peru
The social projects of Threads of Peru provide a link between visitors and the Andean communities, via financial donation, and intellectual contribution to projects. We seek out projects which recognize that insiders (Andean Peruvians) and outsiders (foreigners) all have strengths and weaknesses - and that by working collaboratively we can reach best practice.
While donations are helpful and appreciated, Apus Peru directors and staff like to be involved at a grassroots level and would like to provide visitors the opportunity to do the same. Threads of Peru accepts volunteer applications on a project basis and also welcomes proposals from qualified organizations or individuals for collaborative projects which are in keeping with the Threads of Peru vision.
Threads of Peru aims to use the HDI development factor indicators in the Andean communities as measures of development, without negatively impacting upon traditional practices or significantly changing the character of the communities. As such all contributions and actions are considered within the traditional framework of "ayni". (A Peruvian concept which means today for you - tomorrow for me - reciprocity)
Thanks to Michael Marquand, Threads of Peru volunteer, for the beautiful photos featured on this page.