The purpose of this study was to discover the components of poverty in a single community in the Camacho valley, Tarija, southern Bolivia. Those who were consulted were principally women, as well as some children and men, in particular those previously identified by team members and community leaders as those with fewest resources. A longer-term objective is to help the community develop ways of incorporating those with few resources in planning strategies to help the community make better use of its natural resources.
The lack of water for irrigation, distance from the centre and from a highway for access to the city and the ownership of few livestock were commonly agreed criteria for identifying poverty. The consequences of poverty that were felt most acutely were the lack of food and the difficulty of satisfying basic needs, such as drinking water, furniture or a decent dwelling. Older people living alone, particularly women, were a category of person very likely to experience poverty.
Romero, M. (2002). Percepciones de pobreza en una comunidad rural de Tarija. Leeds: School of Geography, Leeds University. 20 pp. (In Spanish with English summary).