Meet Carlota, a young leader from the Ollantaytambo district of Cusco, Peru, a graduate of our New Generations' Visionaria programming.


Instead of setting goals related to just work or business, Visionarias (program participants) are encouraged to set visions and goals around different aspects of their lives - such as their studies, careers, family, and community. 

Participants learn about local and global challenges through lessons about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Then, building from their visions and new knowledge, Visionarias design and implement a sustainable development project, in collaboration with local NGOs, government actors, and other community stakeholders. Through this process they put into practice and solidify the empowerment and leadership lessons learned, while being recognized as leaders and change makers in their communities.

Carlota, a young leader from the Ollantaytambo district of Cusco, delivered a presentation about the obstacles girls face in attending school and finishing their basic education, like those in her home community of Huilloc. Some examples include a 4-hour walk to and from the nearest secondary school and the custom of parents pulling their daughters out of school before their sons to take care of household responsibilities, and the expectations for women to just knit and raise children.

Carlota participated in the Visionaria Peru Program the past two Summers, at the recommendation of our partner, Sacred Valley Project. Reflecting on her Visionaria experiences, she recently told us over the phone that:

“Before, when I thought of putting myself in certain situations, I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to talk with people like this…I surprised myself.”

Her attitude and her passion for sharing her experience continue to motivate others, in Cusco and beyond!