Peru: Projects in Cusco granted over 442,000 soles to help communities

(LIP-ir) — As a part of a project to improve the Valle del Vilcanota, a valley in the Cusco region that runs from the province of Canchis to the Urubamba province, over 442,000 soles were granted to fund forty projects that will benefit people all over the region.

Villagers living in the areas of Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Machu Picchu Pueblo are just some that will benefit from the improvement plan, said Eduardo Arrarte, Peru’s vice minister of tourism.

The projects aim is to help at least 100,000 people in the area by preserving culture, developing tourism as well as urban infrastructure and protecting the environment while fostering social and economic development in the area, said Peru’s Ministry of Tourism.

After the country’s Ministry of Tourism held a fair in which municipalities from the valley presented projects for their communities, the ministry chose forty projects, which are to be up and running by the end of this year’s first semester, said Arrarte.

Projects are being funded through the Valle del Vilcanota Program. Over 400,000 thousand soles were granted in the past ten months and 50,000 more are to be given to project leaders this month.

According to the vice minister, the projects have been designed to increase family incomes and reduce poverty in the region.

Over 52 thousand soles worth of checks were given out this month to continue funding the projects, said Arrarte.