Older farmer tending his irrigated garden
Each time we get an update from the field, we are reminded how grateful we are that you have chosen to support our project. Because of you, hundreds of older farmers in Bolivia are adapting to the changing climate and now have reliable access to adequate supplies of food and water.
In March, HelpAge staff officially handed over the first 20 micro irrigation systems to 20 older people headed families in the locality of El Carmen, Chuquisaca, Bolivia. The project now is in its second phase of implementation and we have seen remarkable progress.
Over 900 direct and indirect beneficiaries from five communities of the Tarabuco Municipality continue to receive water for both irrigation and consumption, including for new livestock that older farmers are now able to raise as an extra source of income.
Right now, HelpAge staff and partners are focused on training the older farmers on the reasonable use of natural resources, especially water, as well as specific training in the practice of horticulture. These training activities are providing older people with the necessary knowledge and skills which will help them to become self reliant in managing their gardens in an efficient and sustainable manner.
Hilaria Pucho’s family, one of the first older woman beneficiaries from the community of El Carmen, is already regularly consuming the organic vegetables that she has been able to grow because of her access to water. She will soon start selling the surplus within the community.
“Usually, around this time of the year when it is cold and dry, we would be almost dying of hunger because nothing grows," Hilaria says. "Thanks to the project that has provided water for irrigation, we have food all round the year.”
We wanted you to know that your donation is still transforming lives of poor older people in rural Bolivia. Thank you for helping us make a difference.
p.s. On October 17th, Global Giving will be matching 30% of any gift up to $1,000. It is the LAST Bonus Day of the year. We will be send you a reminder in a couple weeks with hopes you may want to maximize your contribution by simply donating on October 17th!
Older Bolivian farmer, HelpAge beneficiary
Older Bolivian woman at new community water tank
Livestock older farmers are now able to feed
Older woman watering plants
Site of new community irrigation tank