Cultural heritage crafts augment income of Bolivia’s rural inhabitants

Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. The worst levels of poverty are concentrated in rural areas, specifically in the Andes. The income they derive from farming is not enough for the affected families to meet their basic needs (healthcare, education, etc.). Traditional crafts have been plied in these rural areas for generations. These crafts are mainly carried out by women. Fortunately there is a strong entrepreneurial culture in Bolivia. Various organizations that represent producers of traditional rural crafts united in a national network, called RED OEPAIC (network of economic organizations of traditional crafters with a cultural identity). The proposed project relies on a partnership with this national network.
 
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Searched budget € 35.000
NGO
SOS Faim
Location
Bolivia (Departementen van La Paz, Tarija, Cochabamba, Potosi, Oruro, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca)
Project duration
2017 - 2021
Co-financing
DGD (80%)
Project code
06009
Theme
Maakindustrie & dienstverlening
Sustainable improvement in income and living conditions of traditional crafters

PURPOSE


This project aims to improve the income and living conditions of traditional crafters in a sustainable manner. It aims to promote development of the member organizations. The project also wants to improve production, sales (fair trade) and representation of the traditional crafts in general.
 

BUDGET REQUESTED VIA ENTREPRENEURS FOR ENTREPRENEURS


Donations requested for:
- 2019: € 12,000
- 2020: € 13,000
- 2021: € 10,000
 

SOCIAL IMPACT


The crafts are an additional source of income for the women, which makes them less dependent on their husbands. The SOS Faim project supports about 3,000 traditional crafters (of which 80% are women), who are grouped into 12 regional organizations.
 

KEY WORDS


- Traditional crafts
- Improved income
- Engagement of women
- Social economy
- Fair trade