Our organization, the comprehensive agricultural cooperative Ayni Qhochapampa Ltda. (CAIQHO Ltda.), is a non-profit institution that seeks to contribute to sustainable, participatory community development with the goal of supporting the self-determination of its citizens, while preserving natural resources and the environment. We also work in the areas of agroecological production, alternative media, training workshops, as well as support for the organizational strengthening of local groups and social research. Currently we are working with various communities in the Tablas Monte district in the municipality of Colombi in the second section of the province of Chapare and in the Aguirre district in the municipality of Sacaba, supporting the rural farming communities in the areas of organic farming, gender equality, sex education, leadership, political organization, indigenous farmer land management, and comprehensive community development, among other things.
The specific objectives of CAIQHO are related to the following areas:
Who does CAIQHO help?
The headquarters of CAIQHO is located 25 minutes from the city of Cochabamba, in the municipality of Sacaba, in the province of Chapare. There are other programs in agricultural areas of the department of Cochabamba. We are developing an experimental center for agroecology in Chulumani, Tablas Monte, a farming area that is located two and a half hours from the city.
The planning of community workshops, educational materials, radio programs, meetings and more, is run by two members of the full-time staff, who are also in charge of coordinating volunteers. The other members of the team are involved in other projects. There are several openings in sustainable agriculture volunteering in Bolivia. Currently we are looking for volunteers to help us systematize and publicize the knowledge we have in the areas of popular education, community participation, management of indigenous lands, and technical and ecological support for family farmers, communication and broadcasting, and gender equality. We are looking for individuals who have an interest in the environment, genetic engineering, and agricultural or rural issues.
Voluntary activities associated with these programs include developing and implementing educational materials and planning projects that support the communities.