One of the things my husband is most proud of here in Peru is the resourcefulness of the people. The games they played as kids did not require a $300 console; the gifts they give are more often from the heart than from the wallet and everyone seems to have “invented” something. The Peruvian Pollada is a perfect example of resourcefulness. Oftentimes, people find themselves without much of a savings account and when they face difficult times, asking for a handout is one of the last things they want to do. I am certainly not suggesting that begging is non-existent here, but more commonly found are people who try to earn a little bit more than they had before. Polladas serve as a means to raise funds for something that is needed; things like medical treatment, lawyers fees, hospital bills and so forth.
Although an incredible amount of work must take place before the day of the pollada, the true success depends on word of mouth invitations. True community happens at events like these where one family in the neighborhood has needs beyond their means and the other families come together to assist with the work and buy the food.
Each plate of food is sold for about $3 and the additional items depend on what the hosts wants to serve to accompany the chicken. The food is not only delicious, the proceeds go towards a good cause and the feeling of community is the most memorable part of the event.