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July 2015


Extending credit and empowering women in rural Bolivia

A majority of Bolivia’s rural women have little access to credit, training or technical assistance. Just ask Juana Machaka de Chaculla, 46, a smallholder coffee farmer from a remote coffee producing colonia in the Bolivian department of La Paz.  She and more than 40 other women in her coffee producer association, Unión Pro-Agro, are accessing credit for the first time through MICROFIRs (women-led micro-credit methodology) as part of an innovative Pro-Rural and Crossroads International project, with funding from the Unifor Social Justice Fund. In addition to extending credit, the project trains participants in financial literacy, gender equality and leadership.  

#WeCanDoBetter2015…. And so can you!  

We Can Do Better 2015 asks Canada and Canadians to provide stronger leadership towards a more sustainable and peaceful world. This Canada-wide campaign, launched by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and its partners, is calling for political leadership on inequality, climate change and women’s rights.

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