About Kusi Ñan
In 2012, the first graduating class of Kusi Kawsay faced a tough challenge. In Peru, the discrimination and lack of financial resources determines the fate of many young people. The graduating class was confronted with this risk as well and the limited options possible were focused on a survival economy. Following the Kusi Kawsay education, the graduates were motivated to revitalize and reclaim their culture by contributing to their community as agents of change. A new road or a happy path, which in their native tongue of Quechua translates into “Kusi Ñan”, was created. The Kusi Ñan project of organic agriculture became a source of employment for the alumni and provided a creative solutions. Kusi Ñan grows organic healthy, nutritious foods with non-polluting products and thus they provide the school lunch for Kusi Kawsay and the alumni sell the local produce at the Sunday market. The Kusi Ñan project allows the graduates to remain in their district and community rather then having to migrate to the city for employment. Furthermore, the students are learning ancient Andean ways of farming and sharing these with their peers. In addition to their dedication to the land and harvest, the graduates are providing nutritious foods to a malnourished population in the highlands of Peru. Each student at the Kusi Kawsay school is provided a nutritious snacks which improves their health, their learning abilities and their quality of life.