Key Stats

Capital: Lima

Population: 31 million

Average life expectancy: 74 years

Literacy rate: 94%

Population living below poverty line: 22%

Population without electricity: 2.9 million

Population without access to safe drinking water: 4 million

Most widely spoken language: Spanish

Source: The World Factbook

About Peru

Located in western South America, Peru is a country of diverse landscape and beautiful cultural traditions. Quechua Indians made up nearly half of Peru's population. Though its economy has grown rapidly, Peru continues to face economic problems stemming from natural disasters, a struggle to develop nontraditional export industries, and limited agricultural areas. Traditional handicrafts—including weaving, ceramics, and metalworking—are inspired by both indigenous and Spanish cultures.

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    Handcrafters in Peru are able to earn a steady income and preserve Peruvian craft traditions through fair trade.
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  • Artisans in Lima

    Peru's poorest residents living in slums, settlements of Lima, and rural villages are able to make a sustainable livelihood through handcrafting.
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  • Artisans in Peru

    Fair trade allows artisans in Peru to earn a sustainable income and receive access to training, loans, health care, and school supplies for their children.
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