Bolivia is South America’s poorest country. In the countryside, poverty is widespread and deeply entrenched, particularly among the nation’s indigenous people, who constitute the majority. About 60% of Bolivians live below the national poverty line. The percentage is higher in rural areas, where three out of four people live in poverty. Indigenous communities, women and young people are particularly vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity. Bolivia depends on commodity exports from raw minerals to keep its economy moving. Environmental issues include deforestation, climate change, desertification and soil depletion. The majority of Bolivia’s rural women have little access to training, credit, or technical assistance. Access to health services and education is also limited, especially in rural areas. High seasonal migration within the country puts a strain on poor rural households. Bolivia has a relatively young population, but members of the generation under 25 years of age have limited opportunities for training and employment. Bolivia has a political history in which rural areas have been excluded from investment. In addition, in the past, social exclusions have existed for women and indigenous people.
Due to excessive trauma and inequities experienced by those living in physical and emotional poverty, individuals are in need of kindness and compassion to begin the healing process. In addition, they are in need of vocational training enabling them to become self-sustaining. Bridges of Hope is currently actively engaged in projects in Santa Cruz and initiatives in Bolivia. Building partnerships and allliances with local organizations, churches and non-profits, enables us to more effectively work together in the fight to alleviate generational poverty. Bridges of Hope International does not start new projects; we assist and support other organizations who want to make a long-term difference in the lives of people they are serving. Joining hands and hearts produces life-transforming results! For more information on Bolivia, click here.
Fast Facts On Bolivia…
The name BoliviaThe name Bolivia comes from a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence, Simon Bolivar, becoming official in 1825.
Flying high!La Paz is the highest capital city (11,910 ft) in the world. The official capital is in Sucre but the working capital of government is La Paz.
Watch the road (or lack thereof)!The most dangerous road in the world is in Bolivia—“The Road of Death”, Only about 30% of all roads in Bolivia are paved (mostly in the city).
- POPULATION THAT LIVES IN POVERTY 60.1%
- POPULATION THAT LIVES IN EXTREME POVERTY 37.7%
- ACCESS TO SANITATION FACILITIES 23.7%
NUMBER OF RURAL POOR (2014)
BRIDGE THE HOPE TO BOLIVIA
Bridges of Hope is focused on building the bridge to the people of Boliva. Building takes teamwork! Invest your life to serve with the Bolivian team this fall! “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, is service to a fellow human being.” Lee Iacocca