Changuillo District, Nazca Province, Ica Department.
Cabildo is a small town in the Peruvian desert, located in the south of the country, with a population of less than 200. Approximately 95% of its people work in the farming sector. They grow asparagus, chili, paprika and cotton. As with other coastal towns, its origins date back to the Spaniard Viceroyalty and its people descend from different African ethnic groups. Their forefathers arrived at Puerto Caballa and were transported as slaves to large estates, in which the landlords used them as workforce in cotton fields and grapevines. The people of Cabildo cherish their strong roots and Afro-Peruvian culture.
Matilde Bolívar is one of the most ancient residents of Cabildo. She has lived in her hometown all her life, and she still does, accompanied by a large portion of her sons and daughters, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. Her family gathers at her house to talk, laugh, and work. Most of them are women, and Matilde says that they live a happy life in Cabildo. An antenna has been installed recently in town to provide telephony and 3G connectivity services to everyone, and not only the young enjoy its benefits. Matilde can now communicate with and videocall her daughter Elena: they don’t see each other often, since she lives far away. Someone like Matilde, who has experienced firsthand the history and evolution of Cabildo through the decades, can truly appreciate from a unique and historical perspective the changes that are taking place in her town and the benefits that they represent for present and future generations.