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Giving Back - Supporting Students in Peru with Mosqoy

February 17, 2015

We are so proud to announce that we, as a collective community, have been able to support 7 young Peruvian women in achieving their dreams through education! Our partners at The School Fund have teamed up with not-for-profit organization Mosqoy to reach these deserving students. 

“Mosqoy” means “dream” in the local Quechua language. At Mosqoy, they aim to promote educational and cultural rights for Andean communities in Peru. We're so excited that these women get to ignite their Inner Fires!

Here are their profiles:

Clayda P.

Clayda has chosen to study International Business Administration at a highly competitive technical institute. Clayda wrote, “I am proud to be part of this project, which transforms the lives of young people of this generation.” Clayda is the daughter of agricultural workers, and sister of four other siblings. She self-identifies as someone who is always looking to improve her lot in life, and who is enthusiastic to follow her dreams. Clayda is from a small town called Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This is the last living Incan town in the region where the road to Machu Pichu ends and tourists transfer to trains for the remainder of the trip.

Karina J.

Karina has recently switched her studies from Nursing to Business Administration with a speciality in Tourism. Although the institution through which she was studying Nursing was well-researched and reputable, it has lowered its standards recently. Karina found that she was not being provided with the resources and organization that she needed to gain the proper skill set. Karina is now happily settled into her new career path and continues to dedicate herself to her studies.

In her spare time she works as a tutor and a nanny in order to help pay for her schooling. This past year she was active in her community as she participated in her community’s Folklore Festival as a traditional dancer celebrating Quechuan culture.

Carmen M.

Carmen is one of our most dedicated students. She attends all of our events and meetings, and is eager to begin her studies. After graduating high school, she worked as a waitress in Puka Rumi, one of the best restaurants in town. Here, under the mentorship of renowned chef Alejo, she fell in love with the art of cooking and hopes to someday open her own restaurant.

In her spare time, she is an athlete. Her favourite sport is volleyball, and she was the only female to compete in last year’s Ollantaytambo weightlifting competition! She comes from a humble campesino (rural indigenous) family. Since her father passed away 16 years ago, she and her nine siblings have since been raised by her single mother.


Irene C.

Irene has recently switched her studies from Nursing to International Business Administration. Although the institution through which she was studying Nursing was well-researched and reputable, it has declined in its standards this past year. She found that she was not being provided with the resources and organization that she needed to gain the proper skill set.

Mosqoy will now be looking for funding opportunities to cover the additional costs of enrolling students in more reliable nursing programs that can be offered through universities in the future; however, in order to graduate in the near future, Irene chose to pursue another career path. She is now very happy with her decision to switch and is dedicated to her new program.

  Nataly V.

Nataly comes from, Parobamba, a beautiful, isolated community in the Mapacha River Valley. Traveling to Nataly’s community is no easy feat; the trip often involves taking buses, fruit trucks and a many hour hike! Nataly comes from a traditional Quecha family. Her father works at a nearby canal, while her mother is a talented weaver who is also a participant in our Q’ente textile program. Nataly often serves as a translator, from Quecha to Spanish, for our Q’ente laision, as well. She often provides the extra energy needed during long trips.She already has adjusted well to the Mosqoy family and her positive, encouraging spirit will take her far in her academic and professional career.  


Orlinda U.

In a few words, Orlinda is a humble, social, and laid back young woman that is excited and ready to continue with her studies. She is responsible and organized. She is the most recent addition to the Mosqoy family and will begin her studies in the new year. She chose the Computer Science and Information Technology degree as she has been working in thefield for almost a year now and has learned to like it a lot. When she is not working or studying, Orlinda helps her parents with the household and farm work or plays soccer with her friends. Orlinda loves the traditions of her country and in her community and for this reason, has long participated in traditional dance for community festivals.


Deniss A.

Deniss is a curious dreamer. She has interests in tourism, entrepreneurship and archaeology. She wants to open a “comedor infantil,” a cafeteria where children from economically disadvantaged families can get free and healthy meals in Ollantaytambo. The existing cafeteria is unfortunately unreliable and does not fulfill the needs of the children in the region. Furthermore, she plans to offer the unemployed the opportunity to learn to produce traditional textiles by opening an institute that teachers the craft. After finishing her studies in Cusco, Deniss wants to continue her education to broaden her knowledge by traveling to other ancient places in Latin America, like Mexico. She would like to have her own tourist office or work as an archaeologist in the Sacred Valley.

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