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.
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.
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.