In Focus: Creating Economic Opportunities While Conserving the Rainforest


In this photo, the owner of a small business in Ucayali, Peru, works with an employee to create a product using seeds from the Amazon rainforest. The business, Pro Mujer Oriente, employs 54 women to make handicrafts using tree materials. The Peru Environmental Management and Forest Governance Support Activity, or Peru Bosques Project, supported Pro Mujer Oriente to establish partnerships by participating in national trade fairs and to improve the appearance of its products. With project support, company representatives learned techniques to improve product quality and better organize their business, resulting in lower costs and increased clientele and income.

The Peru Bosques Project improves environmental management and increases opportunities for economic development. Through cooperation with the Peruvian government at the central and regional levels, the project promotes environmentally sustainable private investment and increases the capacity of the Peruvian Forest Service and other government institutions to manage forestry resources.

"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world. Marcela Youle is the Operations and Communications Director for the USAID Peru Bosques Project, implemented by Chemonics. 

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