Ms. Amelia was born and lives in San Joaquín, an indigenous community in rural Bolivia. She is a widow and recently has had three sons and one daughter die as well. Having barely attended school, Ms. Amelia's main livelihood has been working off the land to grow and sell agricultural produce. Water is increasingly becoming scarce, forcing her to walk long distances in search of clean and adequate supplies. She laments that things used to be better years ago, but now, the changing climatic and weather patterns are forcing her and her neighbors to resort to other sources of income such as collecting chestnuts, which is a difficult task at her age.
Since 2012, with help from your donation through Global Giving, Ms. Amelia's life has changed for the better. Now, water is being provided right to her doorstep, through the very simple yet efficient micro-irrigation system that the project has provided older farmers in her community. The water is channeled through pipes from a natural reservoir uphill. Not only does she use the water for consumption, but also for irrigation and to feed her small livestock. In her garden, she can now plant cassava, sweet potato, rice and corn.
Amelia is just one example of over 400-headed families who have benefited from this project. This community-based water management project has had tremedous impact on improving the lives of older peasant farmers. Through this HelpAge initiative, older people have formed 15 organized groups that are not only supporting each other, but also lobbying for inclusion in the municipal climate change adaption plans and strategies.
With just a little support, older people's contributions to their families and communities are being maximized! As Amelia explained to a HelpAge coordinator, “Thank you all for your help, without which we wouldn’t be feeding ourselves and our grandchildren."
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