The Community

The community of La Libertad consists of the indigenous people from the Yagua tribe.  The first families to settle the village (around the year 1992) came from slightly further up the river in Peru.  The main language of the people is Spanish.

The village numbers about 400 people.  They live mainly on money from tourism activities, small food crops, and government aid.  The children attend school in the village until the fifth grade, after which they must travel to other larger villages, and eventually to the city for high school.  There is a shortage of clean drinking water in the village, and inadequate access to health care.  Their is a diesel generator in the village which supplies electrical power to a limited number of areas, but this only operates between 2 - 3 hours per day.  There is cell phone coverage to parts of the village, but the signal is frequently lost, and spotty at best. 

There are no roads connecting La Libertad to other communities.  However, overland travel is possible, with difficulty, on small jungle trails.  The Amazon River is the village's main mode of transportation; travel being in small paddle boats, launches with small outboard motors, or large speed boats that regularly pass the village 3 times a days.

Health and Diet

Money and Employment

The Problems and Solutions of Sustainability faced by the villagers