Our History

APAPRO, The Association of Peruvian American Professionals, Inc. is a non-profit 501c(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States.

The Association of Peruvian American Professionals was founded in June of 2002 as the Association of Ancash Professionals of Hartford Connecticut. The name was changed to Association of Peruvian American Professionals during a meeting held on November 30, 2002 in order to reflect the organization's expanded scope and the growing number of members who identify with a variety of places in Peru and the US.

APAPRO was officially registered and launched in the State of Connecticut in January 2003. The organization began to host cultural and networking events to engage the community and attract new members. In March of 2004, we redesigned and improved our website to communicate more effectively with interested parties throughout the world. In September of 2004, with the help of the Connecticut Urban League Initiative APAPRO began the application process to become an IRS Non Profit 501c(3) organization. In June of 2005, APAPRO was granted this status which has energized our volunteers and members to making greater impacts in the community.

In 2007, APAPRO received its first grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism allowing us to further improve our flagship Taste of Peru Event. This event has become extremely popular and has been sold out well in advance for 3 years in a row. 2007 also marked the initiation of our School Supply Drive which donated 30 backpacks to students of Bellizi Middle School in Hartford. In 2008, we continued our work to engage the community with our Taste of Peru, School Supply Drive and Networking events. We also participated in the Connecticut Trade and Travel Symposium: Focus on Peru with the Secretary of the State and General Consulate of Peru in Connecticut.

In 2009, we redesigned our website to more effectively communicate with our members and the community. We also added two domain names to www.apapro.org, www.peruvianprofessionals.com and www.americanperuvians.com