The Mantaro Valley phase of my research is now over. Before heading off to Lima I took a short break and ran off to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu for 6 days, which was a nice reprieve from the long days I have been working. The time I spent in the Mantaro Valley was very successful and I have managed to accumulate a lot of very useful information that paints a pretty clear picture of the Vaso de Leche as it is in its current form. I will go into some of the details of my findings in my final blog in two weeks. The direction that my writing will take is becoming clearer and is very different from what I anticipated I would write about before coming to Peru. I now have some very specific holes that I hope to fill in during my time in Lima. This home stretch will be more of a challenge since I have fewer contacts in Lima and in general, less experience in this massive city of 8 million. Ten days is not a lot of time to figure things out.
While here in Lima, I hope to get a clearer picture of how the Vaso de Leche program works administratively on a large-scale macro level. Additionally, I also hope to figure out more about the differences between what is happening with the Vaso de Leche program in the Mantaro Valley and what happens in Lima. My hunch is that things are very different and I hope to confirm that hunch in the little time I have left.
Maria Trimble, MA Candidate, CLACS