Santos Bautista Alaya

Partnering with foundations and non-profits is one of the ways Newmont strives to leave a positive, lasting impact on host communities even after mining activities end. Each of our operations proudly invests in business and infrastructure initiatives that aim for sustainable growth and self-determined development.

As part of an ongoing series, we will profile people from the communities surrounding Yanacocha – individuals who, with the help of our community investment programs, have minimized their dependency and contributed to sustainable development across Peru.

Meet Santos Bautista Alaya. Santos is a honey producer and father of two from the Shinshilpampa village in the Baños del Inca district. Seeking the capital to expand his business and ensure financial security for his family, Santos and his partners entered Yanacocha’s Sixth Competition of Small Production Projects.

The contest aims to fund and train small business owners with progressive business strategies. Santos, for example, wants to brand his honey as the purest in Cajamarca. “For us, entering this contest has been very important,” says Santos. “It is the lifeline to move forward and generate income for our families; we want our children to inherit what we have started today.”

As winners of the contest, Santos and his partners have already made significant gains – income has increased by 33 percent through the honey production campaign and 20 new hives have been installed and equipped. Watch this video to hear Santo’s story in his own words.

To learn more about Newmont’s community investment commitments around the globe, visit our annual sustainability report Beyond the Mine, and be sure to stay tuned to Our Voice blog to meet more beneficiaries of Yanacocha’s sustainable development programs.