The Andean ayllu system provides
the framework for ANDES' Ayllu Program. The ayllu system is a concept of comunity that incorporate all elements of the landscape, including people,
houses, sacred mountains, rivers, plants and animals, as well as the history,
stories and spirit of a place, so that all have roles to play in maintaining
balance in the ayllu.
The ayllu can be broadly divided into three overlapping and
interconnected ayllus. Runa ayllu is the
realm of people and domesticated species. Sallka ayllu is the
realm of wild or semi-wild species. And auki ayllu is the realm of the sacred.
The Runa Ayllu program component engages indigenous
communities in developing alternative models
of development that incorporate traditional knowledge and innovations. This is reflected in diverse economic collectives in the Potato Park focused on biocultural tourism, crafts, medicinal plants and natural products and gastronomy.
The Sallka Ayllu component focuses on the conservation of biological, genetic, and ecosystem diversity, the Andean landscape within biocultural territories.
The Auki Ayllu component integrates ethical and policy issues into ANDES work. rights to land and resources, associated traditional knowledge and practices, biocultural protocols, intellectual property rights and negotiation of common interests with local, national and international processes.
In Andean cosmovision, balance and harmony among the three ayllus is achieved through ayni (reciprocity), leading to Sumaq
Sumaq kausay is a holistic vision of wellbeing
which considers diverse elements acknowledging that many factors impact the quality of life. Sumaq kausay may be variously understood as living well, beautiful life, or harmonious existence, and represents a shared responsibility and mutual respect between humans, animals and plants and Pachamama
(Mother Earth). Sumaq
kausay is the ultimate goal of our work at ANDES.