The ESCALA (formerly Sustainable Preservation Initiative) creates economic opportunities by giving communities the tools to be self-reliant, leveraging their historic sites and cultural heritage responsibly. Help Peru has contributed to one of their projects in Peru, which gives its name to the organization: the ESCALA Business School. The pilot school was established in Pachacamac, site of the ancient pan-Andean pilgrimage center. The first cohort of 50 students graduated in December 2019 from this innovative program designed to empower disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Over 70% of ESCALA students were women. The curriculum taught participants how to manage their own businesses sustainably, and how to earn a living wage for themselves and their employees. This will allow people from impoverished areas to take advantage of business opportunities that can successfully lift them and their communities out of poverty.

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