Welcome to the Chaco Fund!

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The Chaco Fund is a 501c3 organization formed by a collection of returned Peace Corps volunteers whose mission is to contribute to the well-being of Bolivian Chaco communities by supporting women through education. An end in itself, women’s education confers a variety of benefits to the Chaco, including cultural and climate resilience, improved health, and poverty reduction. Through its Scholarship programs, the Fund provides access to education for underserved, rural women in Bolivia. By doing so, we are empowering the next generation and helping to build strong, interconnected communities in the Chaco and beyond.

Maribel is a Community Leaders Scholar studying hydrology at the Universidad Autónoma Juan Misael Saracho in Caraparí. Maribel’s success, and the success of young Bolivian women like her, depends on your support – the more you give, the more scholarships we award!

“The Chaco Fund scholarship has been a great help – it’s aided me in paying for books and study materials that I need, and with room and board. I decided to study because I wanted to provide an example for my little sister, that she can make something of her life.”


Here’s what your donation provides:

$30 covers room and board for one scholar for one week.
$90 covers tuition for one scholar for one year.
$150 covers all expenses (tuition, room & board, books, and transportation) for one scholar for one month.
$1,800 covers all expenses for one scholar for one year!
$9,000 provides a full ride for one scholar!!

All US donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you in advance and we hope you enjoy learning more about the Bolivian Chaco!

Kind Regards,

The Chaco Fund Board of Directors

1 Comment

  1. John Brysacz

    Contributing to the Chaco Fund is an excellent way to help young women become what their dreams of and for themselves might be


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