Recruitment and employment of Andean community members
ENIGMA chooses to work with the active workforce available in the communities in which it operates. This includes the training and recruitment of men and women at least 18 years old. These communities are our primary source of recruitment of porters, employed exclusively along the Inca Trail and its variants, and also of wranglers, whose work (and that of the pack a ey own and manage) is necessary for all trekking routes other than the Inca Trail. A community-trained member working for Enigma earns an average of 8 times more than the normal agricultural wage.
ENIGMA participates with several Andean communities in the design of genuine “community experiences” offered to our guests. These are designed together and operated by the community itself and include sharing with them, having lunch, workshops on textiles, visiting interpretation centers and specific activities for which each community is responsible (potato harvesting, textile dying and weaving, alpaca breeding, and other activities).
Social Outreach Budget
ENIGMA regularly supports and donates school materials and clothes to the communities with which we work.
Supporting local relevant causes and NGOs
ENIGMA regularly supports NGOs and projects linked to causes that we consider key in Peru. We focus on select initiatives, making sure they are managed in an ethical way and directly monitoring the allocation of donations and funds. Please visit our Social Projects section to learn more.
Matching our clients’ donations
Whenever a client chooses to help any project, organization, orphanage or other cause, whether through economic or material donations, ENIGMA will match our client’s support, partially if not totally, thus also getting involved in our clients’ initiatives.
Supporting International Charities and Fundraising Projects
Renowned NGOs and Foundations choose Peru as a destination to operate charity challenges for fundraising projects. ENIGMA supports these institutions by applying our “at cost” policy: we design and quote trips to support their programs, just adding a small administration fee, so that the trip is almost operated at cost and the rest fully benefits their cause. Organizations we have worked with include Kids with Cancer and Save the Children.
Clothes Bank Project
ENIGMA invites all of its clients to support our neighboring communities through the donation of clothes and other materials that are of no further use to them. We gather all this material and organize donations to communities regularly. Alternatively, the donations can be organized to be a part of the activities in a program, so that our clients can live this social-aid experience for themselves.