Leadership Development for Rural Women in Bolivia



Empowering Women and Improving their Quality of Life through the Development of Microenterprise

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Bolivia, discrimination against women is often linked to poverty. These two factors also affect the health of women and their families. For example, in San Lucas-a rural municipality-the maternal mortality rate is 480 per 100,000 live births, while the national average is 390; 40% of children are malnourished. Further, 62% of adult women are illiterate. Although women contribute socio-economically, their work is not valued. Worse, women suffer verbal, physical, and psychological abuse.

How will this project solve this problem?

Through training courses, women will learn financial and technical skills so they can create textiles and other marketable crafts, eventually enabling them to generate their own income.

Potential Long Term Impact

The aim is to empower women and improve quality of life for them and their families by creating opportunities to enter the commercial sector, as well as to support community development.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $132

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $132 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $286,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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