Wirkini Water Reservoir

Wirkini Water Reservoir

Our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo is building a water reservoir project in Wirkini, Bolivia. Construction began in May 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2015. Wirkini is a small community located in the Province of Tiraque, Department of Cochabamba, and is about 12,700 feet above sea level in the Bolivian Altiplano.

Some of the fields in Wirkini that will be irrigated by the new reservoir.

Some of the fields in Wirkini that will be irrigated by the new reservoir.

Project Information

The reservoir will provide irrigation water to at least 341 Bolivian farm families in the area and irrigate 269 hectares of land (average family size is 6, for a total number of beneficiaries of 2,046). Water is typically only available in the Bolivian Highlands for the 2-3 month rainy season, and the rest of the year is a struggle for farmers to have water access for their crops and livestock. These water reservoir projects retain water and provide water access year-round, which allows for farmers to grow more and better crops, which in turn increases family nutrition and household incomes. Check out some of Mano a Mano’s other water projects here.

Site of the Wirkini reservoir.

Site of the Wirkini reservoir.

As with all of Mano a Mano projects, the Wirkini water reservoir is a collaboration between many groups; in this case Mano a Mano, the Municipality of Tiraque, and the community of Wirkini. Learn more about our partnership model here.

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