The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
Astrid Vargas Nina / Peru

Province: Mariscal Nieto
City: Moquegua
Age: 19

Class of 2012-2015

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Scholar: Arnulfo Antonio Alvarado Lemus Scholar: Aura Bolaños

Astrid comes from Moquegua, a small city in southeast Peru. She discovered her enthusiasm for agriculture through spending time with her friends on their families’ farms.

Although she sees her country as very fertile and rich in resources, she says widespread misinformation prevents many farmers from realizing their full potential.

To address the problem, she hopes to return to Peru and educate her community about best agricultural business practices.

Ecologically-integrated, holistic production systems especially interest her, and she plans to have her own farm someday.