An Indigenous Peruvian woman decked in traditional, colorful clothes sits in front of a church in Cusco looking away as she holds a baby lamb in her lap.
During my sojourn to the city of Cusco, I encountered a few native people dressed in their beautiful traditional attires, charging tourists a few coins for a picture or for petting the alpacas.
According to the Borgen Project, "Poverty in Peru runs deepest amongst the indigenous population living in remote rural areas. Peru is divided into 25 sections, and five of these are home to 45 percent of indigenous Peruvians: Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huancavelica and Puno.
The poorest areas are in the Andean Highlands, where a large majority of the indigenous Quechua and Aymara populations are living below the poverty line." And the government programs to help alleviate the issue are scant.