The following table summarises the major costs of the initial year of the Kadagaya project. Not included are: wages for local workers hired to help us with building the house and workshop (~$5000) and our personal relocation costs (household items, computer, printer etc.). Most of the labour was provided by volunteers (to whom we provided with accommodation and food). The house and workshop are both more or less complete, lacking some finishing touches but there is very little we need to spend (we have the materials). The living costs in Peru are very inexpensive compared to the developed world (particularly for food and travel). However, some tools and technology (such as the solar photovoltaic system and our internet connection) are very expensive.

 

Item

Price (USD)*

Comments

Land

14000

Around $2600/ha

House

8180

Including shelves, benches, beds and cupboards

Workshop

3000

Includes shelves and benches.

Tools and machines

3100

Petrol generator, cement mixer, chainsaw, wood working tools etc.

Internet system

3100

15 m tower, antenna, cabling, electronics, lightning conduction system

Water system

920

2500 L storage tank, 1100 L header tank with cement stand, water pump, tubing and connections.

Solar energy system

1500

300 W of panels, 1500 W inverter, 200 Ah batteries, controllers and electronics

Food

3000

Around $250/month or $2/person/day

Transport

1100

1-2 times per week to closest town.

4-5 times per year to Lima.

Fuel

900

Petrol for generator to operate power tools and washing machine. Around $70/month.

Internet and phone

100

Around $80/month for internet and $20/month for phone.

Total

38900

 

* Calculated using an average exchange rate of USD = 2.5 PEN.