Organizational and Productive Strengthening of Peasant Women in Colquechaca Municipality Phase II



The 15 communities of Surumi and Guadalupe in the Municipality of Colquechaca (Potosí Department), with more than 31,000 inhabitants, have the most impoverished indigenous peasant communities in Bolivia, where 97% live in poverty. The Municipality of Colquechaca has one of the lowest HDI Human Development Indices. The main problem in the area is the situation of poverty and social exclusion of the indigenous population.

The new proposal is proposed as continuity and second phase of the project financed by the Ay. in 2015 and contributes to reducing the situation of poverty, inequality and exclusion of the rural population of the municipality of Colquechaca in the department of Potosí, in a sustainable way, considering prevention / adaptation measures to climate change and natural disasters.


Colquechaca Municipality

Local Partner

IPTK (Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute)


General Objective: Decrease of poverty and rural exclusion of the rural indigenous population of the municipality of Colquechaca, from the effective exercise of their Rights (Right to food) with gender equality.

Specific Objective: Consolidate nutritional food security with a focus on Sovereignty, gender equity and environmental sustainability of indigenous peasant families from 15 communities of the Municipality of Colquechaca, under the framework of the human right to food.

Leading population

(203 women and 187 men).

Project duration



TAU, Ay. Donosti, IPTK, Colquechaca Municipality

Results Activities:

  • R1: Male and female producers improve access to nutritious food, increasing agricultural production and diversification, through the application of agro-ecological agriculture and food education, promoting the active participation of women.

    A.1.1. Planning of activities in agro-ecological production at community and family level.

    A.1.2. Training and strengthening workshops for producers in sustainable agricultural production, mitigation / adaptation practices to climate change (reservoirs, training terraces, infiltration ditches, family nurseries, agro-forestry, improved kitchens).

    A.1.3. Application of agro-ecological technology for the production of traditional, alternative and diversified crops (in vegetables and fruit trees).

    A.1.4. Mitigation and adaptation practices to climate change (reservoirs, formation terraces, infiltration ditches, family nurseries, agro forestry, improved kitchens).

    A.1.5. Construction of firewood-saving stoves.

    A.1.6. Exchange of experiences between agricultural producers and producers with the active participation of women.

    A.1.7. Food practices to diversify the diet with high nutritional value of families.

    A.1.8. Preparation of the Diagnosis on the Economy of Care in Food Security and socialization in co-responsibility workshops with the participation of women and men.

    R2: Peasant economic organizations improve transformation processes and market access, strengthening their advocacy capacities in public-municipal planning and decision spaces.

    A.2.1. Training in harvest and post-harvest management, and reinforcement in transformation processes in: Corn apis, corn water, honey derivatives, goose api, goose soup, Kawi, pea toasts, broad beans and beans.

    A.2.2. Improvement of the equipment for the transformation of corn Apis, corn water, honey derivatives, goose api, goose soup, Kawi, pea toasts, beans.

    A.2.3. Training and strengthening workshops for partners of producer organizations in information management, micro-business management and negotiation, marketing and leveraging of resources.

    A.2.4. Training workshops for the preparation of business plans.

    R3: Women’s organizations, grassroots social, and trained community organizations, strengthen their productive endeavors, prepare development proposals, influence their elevation to public policy and monitor the execution of public programs of food sovereignty and rights with gender equity.

    A3.1. Strengthening and technical advice to women’s and community organizations in internal strengthening.

    A3.2. Training workshops for women’s, social and community organizations in organizational management and preparation of proposals on gender equality.

    A3.3. Development of training workshops for women leaders for citizen participation with a gender perspective.