Caylloma Mine, Peru
Minera Bateas S.A.C., Fortuna Silver Mines company which operates the Caylloma Mine, supports and encourages the development of youth in the District of Caylloma, Arequipa, as part of its social responsibility activities. Our goal is to help families achieve a better quality of life in the district. Our support is directed to two areas: a Scholarship Program and the El Progreso de Caylloma Productive Technical Education Center, both of which were implemented through agreements with local government.
Minera Bateas signed an agreement in 2010 with the District Municipality of Caylloma that opened the doors to local development projects, training for community members and educational support.
Under the Scholarship Program, Minera Bateas awards scholarships to outstanding secondary school students from Caylloma and its neighbouring areas. The scholarships enable students to pursue professional or technical education at prominent universities and institutes in the city of Arequipa.
From its launch in 2012 until early 2017, 42 students have received scholarships under the program. Eleven of the students have graduated with professional designations, six of whom are working at Minera Bateas and three at other companies. Two of the students have completed their technical training and are continuing their studies.
El Progreso de Caylloma Productive Technical Education Center
Minera Bateas signed an agreement in 2014 with the Regional Head Office of Education and the District Municipality of Caylloma to implement the El Progreso de Caylloma Productive Technical Education Center (CETPRO). The first higher education center in the District. CETPRO aims to improve technical competency by training mainly youths and preparing them to start their own businesses.
Minera Bateas financed the implementation of CETPRO, enabling the center to purchase machinery, tools and materials, as well as hire teachers and administrative staff.
Since its opening, 149 participants have enrolled in the center and 97 students have graduated from its two training programs: metalworking and shoemaking.