Marisol Mini Bucket: The Story

Photo: Kate Lord for Sacred Valley Project

Photo: Kate Lord for Sacred Valley Project

In the Sacred Valley of Peru, direct descendants of the Inca Empire live in the dry highlands where access to public services are limited. More than half of the communities in the Sacred Valley do not have electricity or portable water.

Children must walk several hours to the nearest elementary school and high schools are so far that it is simply not an option for them to commute daily. Some families may find a way to pay for their sons to attend school, but the same opportunity is not afforded to most girls.

For girls that do enroll in secondary school, drop out rates are high. Girls commonly drop out due to feelings of isolation as they struggle to adapt to the culture of the more urban area, language barriers in the mostly Spanish speaking schools, academic struggles as a result of poor primary education, as well as other pressures from family and responsibilities at home. 

Kate Lord Photo


Whitby is proud to partner with the Sacred Valley Project to improve access to education for young women. 

In the Sacred Valley Project program, girls are provided with a safe place to stay, nutritious meals, access to schools, private tutoring, mentorship, and opportunities for higher education and work after graduation.

The Sacred Valley Project currently runs two dormitories, located in Ollantaytambo and Calca, and works with 29 young women from 18 different communities of the Sacred Valley. The Marisol Mini Bucket bag, named after a SVP graduate, will fund the construction of a third dormitory - providing fifteen additional girls access to education.


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