Frequently, families and entrepreneurs in rural areas of Peru are isolated because roads and highways do not often reach their communities. When they do, roads are usually in very poor condition.
This not only hinders transport, but also makes accessing schools and health centers difficult. It is also hard for residents to reach other communities for exchange or trade to improve their quality of life.
The National Institute of Statistics (INEI) reports that over half of the rural population in Peru lives in poverty. The lack of roads and highways makes it difficult to escape this condition. Moreover, the limited transportation services in these remote areas tend to be expensive, unreliable and even dangerous.
The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank joined forces in 2006 to create the Decentralized Rural Transport Program in Peru. This project is designed to improve and maintain rural roads, reducing transportation costs for local inhabitants and ultimately promoting the development of Peru’s poorest communities.