Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo
In rural Bolivia, many communities are essentially cut off from the rest of the country by their rugged terrain and lack of roads. Travel time from their community to reach even the most basic services can take days or longer. Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo works with these communities to build safe roads that can cut travel time from days to hours. For an example of the difference a road can make, check out our El Palmar road project.
Improving Water Access
Many communities living in the high Andes Mountains could produce much more abundant crops of corn, potatoes, and fresh vegetables. Sadly, lack of means to retain rain water and snow melt during the rainy season for use during the lengthy dry season results in stunted crop growth and, during especially dry years, near total crop failure and insufficient water to sustain livestock. Farmers plant few, if any, vegetable crops during the dry season because they must carry water to them from distant water sources. Together, these problematic circumstances result in failure to meet the nutritional and economic needs of the local population.
Mano a Mano Nuevo Mundo partners with these communities to construct large-scale water reservoirs that collect rain water and snow melt and make water available to farmers almost year-round. For a closer look at some of our major water projects, click here.