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COMMUNITY OF APAYACU, AMAZONAS Back to APIKET

Undernourished children: 17%

The Apayacu community consists of 271 members; who live in the Pebas District, in the province of Mariscal Ramón Castilla, department of Loreto. The community can be reached by the river, from the town of Iquitos, navigating down the Amazon river until reaching a point before the town of Pebas. Travel time varies depending on the type of boat.

The majority of the community members are indigenous people from the Yahua ethnic group. In Quechua, Apayacu means “water that transports”.

Apuyacu en quechua significa "Agua que lleva".

The community has a board of directors: a president, vice president, secretary and two spokesmen; and communal authorities such as a municipal agent and a governing tenant. Other important members that move the community are the mother’s club, soup kitchen, committee for political movement and the Christian church Committee.

According to statistics of the Quality of Education of the Ministry of Education, there are two types of educational categories: nursery and primary school. When students finish primary school, they usually don’t pursue their education. Due to the limited educational infrastructures within their community and their parents lacking resources, few children go on to secondary education. Those who do succeed to go to secondary school, do so in the town of Yanashi.

Men, women and children who finish their studies cannot pursue secondary education because this requires resources for transport to Yanashi, Pebas or Pampas, which is why most children decide to work on the farms or in fishery.

Exploitation of the forest

Within the community, all the men fish. At this time, the community has a specific way to organize the fish trade: two families collect all the fish and sell it, while other families sell their fish to the collectors who both fish, sell and trade, as they do with Camu Camu.

Forests of Aguaje or ‘aguajales’ abound in almost all of the Apacayu territory, on the low terraces of the irrigated plains, exposed to periodical and seasonal flood, by black or mixed water. The community indicates they know at least two types of Aguaje; ablue one and a red variety. The latter is more popular on the local market. Aguajes are harvested by felling the trees. The community members also often mention the existence of Huasai, Chambira, Sinambillo and Ungurahui trees.

The forest exploitation and its resources are a direct benefit to the men, because women do not partake often in this activity. They only assist in certain tasks, such as fishing. They accompany the men to help collect the fish out of the net and to handle the canoe, and to clean the fish. These activities are for subsistence only, and have low articulation in the market economy.

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