Turpay is where Luisa’s grandparent’s heritage started, “ The Marin Choque Family”. Luisa grew up most of her life in Buenos Aires Argentina, never really embracing her Peruvian roots.
At age of 30 her identity has been uncovered since she and her close family visited Turpay for the very first time in April 2015.
That’s when she discovered, it’s not about her anymore, it’s about her community in Peru that needs help and she’s willing to do what it takes to make a powerful contribution and social transformation in our world.
These 800 habitants are mainly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent. Quechua is the Indigenous language the majority of the population speaks. Some simple Spanish is spoken to outsiders.
Turpay is not a touristic area. There are no Hotels, no Supermarkets and no Police or Hospital presence. We do have a working basic Daycare, Elementary and High School. Though the recent renovated Catholic Church and the Mayor’s Building are the focal point.
The Main resources consist of agricultural and farm trading. The landscape is magical, surrounded by green Andes Mountains and a Valley. Most houses are made of mud and straw.