Site Visit to El Palmar Road Project

Staff from our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo recently made the trip to visit our road project in the municipality of Culpina, department of Chuquisaca, Bolivia, one of our larger current construction projects.

Mano a Mano staff meeting with the community to talk about the road project

Mano a Mano staff meeting with the community to talk about the road project

Project Overview

More information about the project:

September 2013 Site Visit

Mano a Mano's heavy equipment working on the road.

Mano a Mano’s heavy equipment working on the road.

This has been a VERY DIFFICULT project – our staff has lived and worked onsite under difficult conditions with heavy rain, extreme heat, and bugs; parts of the already-completed road were washed out in a flood in 2012; and equipment breakdowns and environmental challenges have made this project larger and placed a heavier financial burden on our organization. BUT when complete, this road will have a huge impact – it will connect this isolated region, for the first time, to main roads that travel to Cochabamba, Tarija, and Santa Cruz, each of which has major markets for produce.

In addition to Culpina’s 3,090 residents, we estimate that another 18,000 individuals will use this road as they transport both people and produce from one region of Bolivia to another.

The community catching fish for a meal with Mano a Mano staff and local residents

The community catching fish for a meal with Mano a Mano staff and local residents

Mano a Mano’s road project has already seen tangible progress along the completed section of the road. The Bolivian government has built new housing and electricity stations in a few of the communities where the road has been built – 41 new houses so far.

More Pictures

You can see more pictures of the road project on our Facebook page.



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