A severe drought has plagued the El Chaco region of Bolivia, withering the crops of more than 10,000 Guaraní families. Guaraní women, with the assistance of WFP, built a communal garden through WFP’s ‘Vouchers for Work’ programme. In this photo gallery, the women are receiving their vouchers and ready to exchange them for nutritious food.
Joaquina Loayza, of the Yaguacua community collects her vouchers. She and 30 women of her community received about 34 vouchers each. A voucher has a total value of 20 Bolivianos which is roughly $2.89.
The Women Sign to Receive Their Vouchers
Mrs. Joaquina Loayza, possibly the oldest woman in the Yaguacua community, uses her fingerprint as a signature on the provision sheet, because she never learnt how to read nor write.
The Assembly of the Guaraní People Play a Key Role in “Vouchers for Work” Project
Mburuvicha (“Leader” in Guaraní) Jorge Mendoza, chief leader of the Guaraní People (APG), supervises the communal garden.
Rubber Water Tank Used for Irrigation
The communal garden is irrigated by a rubber, elastic water tank that was provided by WFP’s counterpart, Tarija's Regional Sub-Governmental Office in El Chaco. With a 200,000 L capacity, these tanks provide the water needed for drip or sprinkler irrigation.
WFP Regional Counterpart in Tarija's El Chaco has a Key Role in the “Vouchers for Work” Project
The women in the Guaraní community, Caiza, get water from the tank in order to irrigate their communal garden. Tarija's Regional Sub-Governmental office in El Chaco will be responsible for maintaining the tanks full of water.
The Women are Willing to Sustain Their Garden Even Without the Vouchers
The women in the Guarani Community, Caiza, water their garden with water from the rubber tank. For constructing the garden, the women get vouchers that they can redeem in stores in Yacuiba.
Through Their Hard Work and Effort Guaraní Women Restore Their Community’s Will to Remain in El Chaco
The women of Palmar Chico prepare the land. Much like the women in the picture, hundreds of other women took part in the weeding, fencing and planting of vegetables. They also built embankments on which the water tanks were placed.
Many Guaraní Women were Marginalized from the Market Before the "Vouchers for Work" Project
Guarani women arrive in Yacuiba to redeem their vouchers. They can choose from a list of more than 20 products- including grains, cereals, canned beef, and powdered milk and cooking oil.
On the day of the Voucher Redemption, the Guaraní Women Leave with Their Hands Full
Women line up in front of the store “La Pamelita” in Yacuiba so they can redeem their vouchers. Three stores in the city of Yacuiba are authorized to redeem the WFP vouchers and they have signs that identify them as such.