Last February, we introduced you to a super-team of farmers in Bolivia called APROAVA, the Association of Agricultural Producers of Vacas. Formed in 2002 and made up of 8 Outreach-facilitated member groups, APROAVA ensures small farmers in the mountains of Vacas have access to quality seeds, proper irrigation and other agricultural inputs through their low-interest loan program.
An Irrigation Solution
In the dry climate of Vacas, water is an agricultural input the farmers desperately need. The funding required to install irrigation systems, however, is outside the reach of individual farmers, even with the help of their loan program. True to their mission, APROAVA members have been working to find a solution to their irrigation problem since 2016.
Thanks to the hard work and diligence of its members, APROAVA’s proposal for irrigation equipment and training was approved by the Bolivian’s government’s Rural Alliance Project (PAR) in November 2018! Through PAR, the group would receive nearly $60,000 of funding for equipment, but they first had to come up with their own counterpart contributions of over $35,000 – no small feat for families whose average daily income is less than $10.
After 16 more months of preparation and fundraising, the APROAVA farmers received the first distribution of irrigation supplies in March 2020, including 68 fuel-powered water pumps (one for each family). As APROAVA member Don Amadeo said of distribution day, “it was like a party!” The second distribution took place in December 2020, with APROAVA accessing 68 mowers, 340 sprinklers, and over 35,000 meters of hosepipe – enough equipment to fill the floor of their local stadium!
After years of hoping, dreaming, and hard work, APROAVA farmers now have the equipment they need to properly irrigate their crops. Keep an eye out for our next update, when we get to share how their increased agricultural production and incomes are improving the lives of the farmers and their 580 family members!
How to Help
You can help communities solve their own issues through projects like this irrigation project. Donate today!
Safe, efficient, modernized agricultural practices can go a long way to resolve everything from nutrition to household income. Find out more about issues of poverty being addressed through community-led development.