Alpacas are fundamental to Q’ero life! Many die each year due to the severe winter weather in the Andes. Heart Walk Foundation has made a significant commitment to partnering with Q’ero villages to create sustainable improvements in alpaca farming.
For centuries the mountain people have depended on alpaca hair to spin into yarns for weaving their clothing, blankets, bags, and ropes necessary for survival. The women also weave exquisite textiles for use in spiritual ceremonies and to sell as a principle source of family income. Over its lifetime, each female alpaca can give birth to 5 or more baby alpacas, or crias, which can be sold to supplement the family income.