In Bolivia, there are two holidays in each calendar year which recognize and celebrate women. By exploring the roots of these holidays, we open a window into Bolivian culture and history.
From planting, to harvesting, to de-shelling, to cooking, to eating, peanut soup is a delicious microcosm of life at a slower pace.
While extractive industries like natural gas can spur investment in infrastructure and create jobs, Bolivia’s history provides a stark warning on the fleeting benefits of economic growth based on export commodities.
“Why are we doing this?” As members of the Chaco Fund’s Board of Directors rolled down the main highway in the Chaco on one rainy and humid day this past November, this question led to a pause in conversation.
The Chaco of South America. It owes its name to the Quechua word meaning “hunting grounds”, a testament to the profusion of wildlife including jaguar, peccary, and guanaco, that call the region home. The Chaco is marked by dry forests and scrublands…
Educational attainment is directly linked to quality of life. Educating young women, in particular, confers diverse benefits to society, so much so female education has been called a “silver bullet” for social progress.
The Chaco Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to empower young women in Bolivia by unlocking educational opportunities.