The Matsigenka Indians Quality of Life

The Peruvian Indians for a long time have been afraid of outsiders because their experience with outsiders has been met with disease and famine or enslavement. Now they find themselves living in a single family existence and constantly moving because the resources like fertile soil, trees for firewood and manufacturing, and game animals are scarce around their house. They are a protected people from the Peruvian Government and a piece of each one of our cultures and worth preserving in this authentic history of every one of us. I would like to provide assistance to the Matsigenka to be able to improve their quality of living while allowing them to continue if they choose too, the self-reliant family entity. To do this I would like assistance in supplying fertilizer, livestock (cows or pigs), seeds and building tools to help support a new homestead for the Matsigenka people that are willing to go down this path. These items would help them build houses and improve different functions of the house like a door and chimney. These items would help them start to grow crops like organic coffee and corn which they would need help to bring it to a modern market in all the America's. These crops in turn would provide a profit that will help the Matsigenka Indians sustain their way of life, by the material needed and medicine. The soil they work with becomes less and less fertile as time goes on and by year 5 they have to abandon most gardens due to the infertility in the ground, this doesn't allow them to improve their way of life and believe every one of us should be able to have the opportunity to do so if we choose too. They would need assistance from the government to provide fertilizer at first until they can bring crops like coffee and corn to market to make enough profit to be self-reliant and by cattle or pigs for future sources of fertilizer. They would need minimal educational assistance with taking medication and building items like doors, chimneys and carts that can be hauled by livestock. I believe these items will greatly improve their quality of living and life expectancy of the Matsigenka Indians as well.

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