Our project focuses on the communities of the Lower Napo River (LNR), a group of 25 villages comprising around 5,000 inhabitants around four hours upriver from Mazan.
Each community consists of around 200 people who live a predominantly subsistence agricultural life. Although they have Indigenous heritage, many identify as mestizo ribereños.
Most live in severe poverty, many don’t have access to running water or toilets, and the highest level of education for 83% of women we surveyed was at or below primary.
These conditions are not unique to the Lower Napo River; the majority of ribereño communities in the Amazon basin live in comparable circumstances and, in the Peruvian highlands, the socioeconomic position of campesino mountain communities is reportedly similar.