Bolivia

Inter-Cultur has been working in Bolivia since 2014 with the indigenous Aymara communities and AYNI, a local NGO, to promote the women working in small-scale farming. Traditionally the women in Aymara communities are subordinate to the men. They don't have much power and are easily subjected to violence and segregation. These can be seen in the families and in the society as a whole. In addition, not everyone has an education which leads to high levels of illiteracy. The project that Inter-Cultur has in Bolivia is trying to battle these problems.

The different projects that Inter-Cultur and AYNI have had with the support of Finnish Foreign Ministry have been giving training to the women of Aymara communities in the fields of small-scale farming and offered them a chance to put up greenhouses. Given the high altitudes and dry climate in which these communities are, this vital for the food production in the area. In addition to economic growth, the farming offers the women a way to show their importance to their families and to the communities. With workshops and education in equality, this is a way to enhance how the men see the women as their equals. The projects have also promoted the founding of women's organizations as a way to increase the women's possibilities as a societal actors.

Inter-Cultur's project are also align with the international, national and local development goals. Regarding the UN's Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development goals, the projects are especially focused in promoting gender equality and quality education and ending poverty. These goals are also highlighted in the Finnish development policies given by the Finnish Foreign Ministry.

  • Where:
    • Bolivia (Calamarca and Palca)
  • When:
    • 2014 –
  • What:
    • Promoting small-scale farming and equity
  • Beneficiaries:
    • The 156 women of indigenous Aymara communities.
  • Local partner:
  • Budjet:
    • 625 977€
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