Education is Everything.

The Light and Leadership Initiative is dedicated to improving access to quality education in Huaycán, Peru. Simply put, we believe in education. We believe in its power to create opportunities, form leaders and transform lives. 

Learn more about our children, teen and women's programs!


Volunteer with Us

Looking to join our team in Peru or Chicago? We have high-impact volunteering opportunities available either locally in Chicago or abroad in Huaycan, Peru. Teach English or Math in Peru or help with LLI's Fair Trade project in Chicago. Learn more about the opportunities below.

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Shop LLI's Fair Trade Store

Support Women's Empowerment through Huaywasi, LLI's fair trade project. Working with seven artisans in Huaycán, profits from Huaywasi provide free educational services to over eighty women each year as part of our Women's Empowerment Program.

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Join Us May 6th!

 LLI will be hosting our 3rd annual Gala event in Chicago on May 6th! If you find you will be in the area, please join us for a fantastic night of great drinks and food and even greater people, all in support of LLI's education programs. We need your support to keep our free education programs running for women, children and teens. Find out more details or purchase your ticket below!


Special thanks to our Sponsors: Monica Kendall Insurance Agent, Oak Lawn Toyota and Olive Branch Counseling Associates