Very isolated geographically, alpaca breeders work in communities of several families and live several hours from the tracks of the first cities. All the members of these communities lived the life of alpaqueros (alpaca herders) and the hard life that accompanies it.
In 2015, the annual salary of a family of breeders was estimated at $ 1,700, the young generations see their parents and grandparents working in harsh conditions every day of the year, from morning to evening for a minimal salary .
These same young people do not wish to perpetuate the pattern of their elders, not necessarily knowing how, some decide to try their luck in the capital, Lima.
Although endowed with a lot of will, but without financial means or any training, these young people generally end up in the shantytowns of the capital before resigning themselves and returning to their villages of origin.
For the past ten years, large companies have been abusing the lack of knowledge and training in rural areas and are increasingly driving the purchase price of fiber down, to be competitive on the international market and these are the alpaqueros that are impacted.