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Bolivia is a magnificent country situated amidst the Andes Mountains, the Amazonian rainforests, Lake Titicaca, and the world's largest salt flats. The nation also features striking cities, vast natural resources, and a high percentage of indigenous peoples.
Despite its economic potential, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America due to severe corruption and exploitation of resources by foreign investors. Since 2005, the government of President Evo Morales has taken steps toward poverty reduction, but 30 percent of the population still lives below the poverty line. As a result, the people of Bolivia struggle to afford adequate health care, receive an education, confront environmental issues, and plan for the future.
FSD is located in Cochabamba, a thriving city of 800,000 inhabitants set in a fertile valley about 8,300 feet above sea level. The city features a strong grassroots political movement, symbolized internationally by the successful protests against privatization of the water supply in 2000.
FSD invests in Bolivian grassroots partners who are working on the frontlines 365 days a year to end the cycle of poverty in their communities. We provide our partners with grants and key training to ensure their goals are practical, sustainable, and minimize external aid dependency.
We also work with students, professionals, and donors from the US and other western nations to share
knowledge on ethical approaches to international development, which respect and preserve the voice, knowledge, and culture of the communities we serve.