The Meaning Behind Ayllu
Ayllu is an indigenous word, more specifically a Quechuan and Aymaran word, which are both languages spoken by indigenous peoples of the Andes. It is a term that refers to a traditional form of community or a network of families in the Andes.
However, the main factor was that each ayllu was self-sustaining, as all members had a responsibility to one another, whether this was in terms of education, land, food or trade. When Natalija decided to start her own small sustainable business all she could think of was how this was a community in itself and how we all have our own part and responsibility in addressing climate change.