The following tables summarise the major costs of the Kadagaya project for 2015. Table 1 shows our day-to-day living costs. 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 our internet connection) are relatively expensive. Table 2 is a breakdown of costs for the construction of the vortex hydroelectric system (the major project undertaken in 2015). These are the total costs for the project so far (and we expect to spend less than another USD 5000 to complete the project in 2016). Some of the labour was provided by volunteers (who we supplied accommodation and food), and we had free water and rocks from the river for cement work and building stone walls.

 

Table 1: Living costs

 

Item

Price (USD)*

Comments

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

Internet and phone

1200

Around $70/month for internet and $30/month for phone

Total

5300

 

* Calculated using an average exchange rate of USD = 3.2 PEN. 

 

Table 2: Cost of the vortex hydroelectric system (total costs 2014 - 2015) 

 

Item

Price (USD)*

Comments

Labour

9600

Mostly local labour, some volunteers

Cement

3100

Including delivery

Tools and hardware

2200

Some assets that can be used for other projects

Gavion walls/dyke

1900

Metal baskets for filling with rocks

Rocks for cement

500

Including delivery

Wood

500

Formwork for cement, gates etc.

Expansive cement

350

For breaking rocks during excavation

Fuel and oil

250

For cement mixer, generator & chainsaw

Protection gates

200

Metalwork and carpentry

Carts

140

For moving rocks

Travel

130

 

TOTAL

18870

 

* Calculated using an average exchange rate of USD = 3.2 PEN.