I see no evidence of schools in this remote, high-altitude detour. Or electricity to light them if they existed. Kids learn instead how to guide llamas to market, or to lift plastic bowls of cocho beans into the air to let the breeze separate the chaff and dirt. But the father of this little family tells me things are improving. He actually owns his own land. His kids have shoes. There’s a local radio station that plays songs that make the work go faster.
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