Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2014
This description of Juan Diego Calisto Aguirre's work was prepared when Juan Diego Calisto Aguirre was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
Juan Diego Calisto and his organization Ruwasunchis, meaning “Let’s Do It Together” in the Quechua language, are breaking the pattern of despair and subsistence living in marginalized communities in Peru. By training community change leaders by feeding them into age-appropriate learning activities from birth to adulthood, Juan creates multipliers of positive values and entrepreneurial skills. In this way, Juan Diego prepares the ground for other allies to enter and for development to take off.
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