A Guarani woman from the community of Yaguacua, meaning “Tiger Cave” in the Guarani language, shows Paolo Mattei, WFP Representative in Bolivia, the community garden built through a vouchers for work project under an emergency operation in response to the drought. The project benefitted 10,000 families, mostly Guarani people inhabiting the Chaco Region. In the background the flexible water tank, donated by the Sub-government of Yacuiba, will help to irrigate the area.
A Guarani woman displaying her pea production which she worked hard to cultivate and is now in bloom. Beside her, other Guarani women participate in the project to construct and produce a nutrient rich vegetable community garden in order to improve their food and nutrition security. The project operates within the “Vouchers for Work” project which exchanges their work for preferred food in stores in Yacuiba.
In Chaco Tarijeño, in the municipality of Yacuiba, 18 Guarani communities participated in the construction of 18 community gardens, where women produced a wide variety of vegetables. In the community of Yaguarenda, the carrots reached an above average size.
Pregnant and breastfeeding Guarani women received, as part of the emergency operation in response to drought, Super Cereal and vitamin enriched vegetable oil products with which they were taught a variety of recipes. This woman shows a refreshment made of Super Cereal.
In Caiza, women grow chard and other green vegetables to use in sandwiches and salads. On the day of the nutrition fair, women dress in traditional attire. For them, the fair was a celebration to bring a close to a successful project that fostered the empowerment of these women.
The women participated in the fair with booths representing each community. They displayed the production of vegetables in their gardens and the skills acquired through training sessions on nutrition education, in which they learned to combine garden produce for highly nutritious dishes.
During the fair, the women invited the audience to dance to typical Guarani music. For the women, the fair became a party, to celebrate the achievements of their participation in the project to build gardens, the knowledge gained through nutrition education and the empowerment achieved for the women of all the participating communities.
30 July 2014 Indigenous Guaraní Women Organize Nutrition Fair
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