Peru – Lima

Before we dive into posting about our work, here some info on Lima and why water and sanitation are such a big issue here: the capital is located on the desert coast of the country. It has grown to the size of nearly 10 million inhabitants (one third of the nation’s population). The city’s informal settlements are located on the peripheries of town (to the North, South and East), on rocky desert foothills where water is scarce. Water is an expensive good here, and is delivered on an almost daily basis by truck. Sewage channels are rare and difficult to build in these areas.

You can read this article on Lima’s Pueblos Jóvenes (“Young Towns”) that shows both the challenging and the hopeful sides of the city’s peripheries:

http://cohaforum.org/2011/08/16/some-young-towns-in-lima-not-so-young-anymore/

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