Heifer Bolivia

Live in rural areas

Rely on agriculture for livlehood

Live below poverty line


Thirty-one percent of Bolivians live in rural areas. Industrial farming is advancing into the lowlands, causing environmental deterioration, economic dependence and loss of biodiversity. It is also damaging public health among local farmers and consumers.

The World Bank reports that about 35 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and 32 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Bolivia rates 113 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). Almost 8 percent of its 10 million people live below the poverty line, on $1.25 a day, and about 5 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.

2282 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

Our Work In Bolivia

High levels of vulnerability are found in the central areas of Andean countries— especially with indigenous and rural populations of the Andean Basin. Heifer Bolivia is part of several regional programs that stretch across the Andean Basin.

Through these programs, Heifer Bolivia aims to diversify agricultural production with coffee, cacao, honey, amaranth and livestock. Our programs help small- scale farmers, including women, start and expand small businesses with gifts of animals, seeds, equipment and training.

We help farmers gain access to better technology, credit services and viable markets. Our farmers also receive training in political advocacy so they can lobby for access to and control of their natural resources.

Indalisio López-Durán (43) with a cabbage from his garden and a lamb. Indalisio received vegetable seeds, sheep, and a chicken from Heifer International.
Indalisio López-Durán (43) with a cabbage from his garden and a lamb. Indalisio received vegetable seeds, sheep, and a chicken from Heifer International.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Technical Training, Leadership Training, Women-led Farmer and Self-Help Groups

  • Increased Income

    Enterprise and Value Chain Development, Crop Diversification, Business Acquisition

  • Social Capital

    Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development

  • Nutrition

    Animal and Crop Management, Human Health and Sanitation Practices

  • Environment

    Natural resource management, Agroecology

Programs and Projects


    Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities

    Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides

    Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor

    The Andean Plateau, Paramo, Camelid and Yarn

Project Partners


  • Tierra de Hombres
  • We Effect
  • Misereor Alemania
  • Comunidad Axion
  • Manos Unidos

Local implementing partners

  • Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA)
  • Pasos
  • Soluciones Practicas
  • Agronomes Veterinaires
  • Amigos de la Natureleza (FAN) Bolivia
  • Aynisuyu
  • Hoyam Mojos
  • Asociacion de Organizaciones de Productores Ecologicos de Bolivia
  • Centro de Servicios Agropecuarios Tecnicos Chuquisaca (CESATCH)


Heifer International Bolivia

Calle Carlos Flores Quintela, Edificio No. 7, Oficina 3B, Calacoto, La Paz, Bolivia

T: 591.3.355.7235

F: 591.3.355.7412

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