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Overview

Grantee partners: 11
IAF commitment: $4,094,923
Counterpart commitment: $5,444,895
Total investment: $9,539,818

Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production emphasizing agroforestry and Andean livestock, education/training, enterprise development, indigenous autonomy, textiles and other crafts, inclusion of women and youth, cultural expression.

Contact information:

Jeremy Coon, Foundation Representative
Susan Stine, Program Assistant
Rita Murillo, Local Liaison

Active Grantees

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Instituto Para el Hombre, Agricultura y Ecologia
(IPHAE) will expand and consolidate agriculturally diversified parcels located in secondary and degraded forest areas, support small-scale pig-farming and beekeeping, and develop products processed from the fruit of peach palm, cacao and other native plants. Some 500 families from 60 communities in five municipalities in the Beni and Riberalta departments are expected to benefit from a more reliable food supply and better income and the adoption of a sustainable agro-forestry farming technology for this Amazonian micro-region.

Centro de Investigación y Servicio Popular (CISEP) will work with women in 14 mining cooperatives in the department of Oruro to improve their productivity, income and occupational safety and environmental standards. The workers will receive machinery, equipment, tools and safety gear as well as related training and technical assistance.

Asociación de Mujeres Aymaras Lecheras de Irpa Chico (AMALIC) and its 70 members, most of them Aymara women from four communities in the municipality of Viacha on the Bolivian altiplano, will improve the output of their dairy enterprise. Farmers will acquire technical skills related to livestock, pasture management, processing and marketing. The municipality will purchase some of AMALIC’s production for its school-breakfast program.

Asociación de Artesanos Andinos (AAA) will continue to revive Andean weaving traditions and will undertake a program of community tourism expected to provide, among other benefits, more marketing opportunities for 350 Quechua and Aymara men and women from 19 communities in the department of Cochabamba.

Protección del Medio Ambiente Tarija (PROMETA) will work with 1,059 families from 50 communities in the municipalities of Yunchara and El Puente, on the altiplano of the department of Tarija, to improve the production and marketing of camelids and benefit the environment. Herders will acquire the skills necessary to recover natural resources, manage prairies, produce forage crops and protect water sources.

Fundación Antropólogos del Surandino (ASUR) will train 200 young low-income Bolivians from 10 communities in the municipalities of Tinquipaya and Caiza, Potosí, in the skills necessary to produce embroidery, silverwork, traditional textiles, leather goods, woodcarvings, goat cheese, clothing and other items and in financial management, marketing and other areas. Collaboration with the government on vocational education should give another 80 students the skillsets to work in food-processing, carpentry, construction, welding, and the installation of electrical and sanitation facilities. ASUR will help artisans organized into units to develop their techniques and designs, the quality and diversity of their products, and their access to markets.

Centro de Investigaciones de Energía y Población (CIEP) and its partner organizations will bring artisans, farmers, students and other residents of 10 rural Aymara communities into the tourism industry in the Batallas municipality, near Lake Titicaca, by developing a tour circuit that enables them to work as guides and sell food, crafts and services to Bolivian and international visitors. The project should benefit 300 Bolivians directly and another 900 indirectly.

Fundación Centro Arakuaarenda (Arakuaarenda) will offer an educational program reaching 1,200 Guarani youths in Charagua and Gutiérrez, department of Santa Cruz. The goal is to reinforce their cultural identity, encourage the exercise of their constitutional rights and to create an array of local and regional organizations in which they can articulate their needs, grievances and concrete proposals for greater inclusion as a sector within the process shaping autonomous indigenous municipal structures. 

The Instituto de Formación Femenina Integral (IFFI) will build the leadership and, organizational and advocacy capacity of the Plataforma de Mujeres por la Ciudadanía y la Equidad of Cochabamba (PMCE) ), a network of 100 women’s  organizations located in the Greater Metropolitan Area of Cochabamba, in order to promote women’s rights and set PMCE on a path towards institutional autonomy. Approximately 1,780 women will benefit directly and 111,350 people will benefit indirectly. 

Fundación Taller de Iniciativas en Estudios Rurales y Reforma Agraria (TIERRA) will adapt and pilot a participatory decision making model in two municipalities in Bolivia’s high plains region. The model will seek ways for communities to engage with their municipal authorities in promoting public policies and programs based on their priorities. It will improve communities’ access to information on land use, land tenancy, agricultural census and other data. TIERRA will then raise awareness on how to use the information to strengthen its members’ participation in municipal economic commissions and other public forums. Rural producers that are empowered to participate in shared decision making spaces will be able to advocate more effectively for greater investment in local productive and agricultural development projects. About 800 people will benefit directly, and 22,000 indirectly.

Asociación de Mujeres Unidas Para el Desarrollo Sostenible (ASMUDES) will work to increase income for five indigenous communities that reside in a nationally recognized protected area by promoting sustainable agricultural practices and improving marketing for fruit and value-added products. The project will incorporate practices like incorporating native vegetation among crops to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, ecologically sound, and sustainable agroforestry systems. It will also strengthen the organizational and marketing capacity of two producer associations to promote greater access to more stable food supplies for their families. Surplus products can be sold as fresh fruit or as value added products in their communities and to consumers demanding healthy products in regional urban centers. ASMUDES’ activities will strengthen leadership skills among women and young people, promoting their participation as community leaders who are better able to engage and participate in decision making at the municipal level. About 1,390 people will benefit directly, and another 10,350 indirectly.