Vilma, as the first nurse to join the DESEA Peru team, brings valuable knowledge and experience in the development of the DESEA Peru health services and health education programs. Vilma works in project communities delivering health services and health education programs for women, men, and children. She is principally responsible for the school health programs and in 2017 she began coordinating women’s economic development projects with Program Manager Judy Chávez Ipenza.
Vilma has a passion for inspiring Andean women to become community leaders through DESEA’s programs and personalized guidance and is committed to reducing malnutrition and anemia by way of cooperation and counseling. Vilma sees DESEA as a catalyst for empowering women to learn new ways in which they can improve their and their family’s future. Her long-term goal for DESEA is that the organization empowers the communities it serves to the degree that they no longer need rely on external help, and can attain health and sustainability in their own right.
Vilma is from the Yanatile district of the Calca province in central Peru. Her background is in technical nursing and nutrition, and she studies at the Instituto Superior Tecnológico Publico Clorinda Matto de Turner in Calca. She is fluent in Quechua and Spanish.