There are three local communities associated with Tinka's Ayawilca and Colquipucro projects in central Peru: San Pedro de Pillao; San Juan de Yanacocha; and Huarautambo. These are relatively small rural communities with populations of between 500 and 1,300 people.
Tinka recognizes the importance of strong community relations and support. The Company employs two full-time community relations officers with each community (on rotation). These employees ensure that the communities are well informed about activities and that any concerns or questions are addressed.
Tinka has land access agreements with each of the three communities allowing it to conduct exploration activities for a period of three to four years. The current agreements are valid until the beginning of 2020. In exchange for the use of community lands, Tinka has agreed to contribute to a community trust on an annual basis to fund small community productive projects, training, healthcare, education initiatives and other local events. Tinka is the largest employer in the area using local labour to build and maintain access roads, build and rehabilitate drill pads, cooking & cleaning, and as drivers (see photos below).
Information and communications programs
Mother's Day celebrations
Training for the preparation of healthy food
Training for local drivers
School activity sponsorship
Support to local schools
Fence installation for livestock