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The Culture of Nonmonetary Bartering
The Culture of Nonmonetary Bartering

By Inter-American Foundation on Comment

Bartering, or "trueque," is an ancient cultural practice of the northern Ecuador region and is based on the guiding principles of Andean thought and, therefore, economic solidarity.

Empowering Women Producers in Rural Paraguay
Empowering Women Producers in Rural Paraguay

By Inter-American Foundation on Comment

In Latin America, women in rural areas are particularly affected by discrimination. They have fewer opportunities to generate their own income and become more financially independent. To address this issue, the Inter-American Foundation with grantee partner Tierra Nueva has been working since 2015 with women in the community Compañia Presidente Franco, in the district of Piribebuy, to implement an organic and agroecological vegetable production system and sell the products through a local farmer’s market.

A Bolivian Community’s All-In Commitment to its Future
A Bolivian Community’s All-In Commitment to its Future

By Inter-American Foundation on Comment

Our foundation representative for Bolivia shares his experience of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join community, indigenous and local government leaders at UNESCO World Heritage site Tiwanaku for a ceremony to kick off a new IAF-supported project with grantee partner TIERRA. This was a public commitment that all leaders and representatives of the 23 communities that make up the municipality of Tiwanaku agreed to implement the project.

Generosity at the Grassroots
Generosity at the Grassroots

By Inter-American Foundation on Comment

After the recent earthquake, FASOL supported a nascent grassroots organization in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, a town that suffered considerable damage. The group organized the community through the ancestral action of tequio, a way of “giving back," Mexican style. The families coordinated efforts to rebuild homes together, and the approach generated both capacity-building and development.

Grantee Partner Interview: The Importance of Jobs for Building Peace
Grantee Partner Interview: The Importance of Jobs for Building Peace

By Inter-American Foundation on

We checked in with one of the grantee partners from our peace-building cohort in Colombia to see how she is building peace in her territorio. Anunciación Alcalde Vega is a respiratory therapist and runs her own practice with support she receives through our grantee partner Corporación Socioecológica para el Futuro de Bolivar (Ecofuturo).

A Walk in Mexico's Woods
A Walk in Mexico's Woods

By Inter-American Foundation on Comment

The social and ecological benefits that spring from local administration of forests — and the way those benefits accrue to communities — offer a window into social capital creation.

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