Yojana Miraya Oscco is from the Quechua-speaking Indigenous community in the Andes of Peru. She is also a Master’s student at HSU studying Environment and Community.
In the future, Yojana hopes to organize a project in her region of Peru to address the many problems due to mining corporations threatening Indigenous land rights, causing environmental degradation, and marginalizing poor people. Simultaneously, due to centuries of stigmatization, there is a cultural-loss taking place in these communities’ traditions, customs, and language. She hopes to gain important knowledge and connections in this internship to offer new ways of improving communities in Peru. Specifically, Yojana is interested in increasing educational opportunities in Indigenous communities, especially for children and women, identifying environmental problems, protecting community land rights, and promoting sustainable development.