Case study: Helping rural communities in Bolivia

“I'm very proud of everything we're growing here.” Victor, Bolivia

Farming is difficult in rural Bolivia, where a lack of water and poor soil can mean farmers struggle to grow enough food on small plots for their families and their animals. Victor and other farmers in his community faced these challenges and found it more and more difficult to support their families.

But life for Victor and other farmers in his community has changed dramatically thanks to some super seeds and a woolly friend...

CAFOD supported Victor with a training course and alfalfa seeds to help him grow animal feed. He also learned how to dry out and store food for his llama and other animals. Farming families like Victor’s can use llama wool to make clothes and the animal’s manure to boost crops. The llama can also be sold to provide extra money quickly if the farmer’s harvest fails.

Victor now passes on seeds and knowledge to other farmers in his village. He is proud of his llama and that he can feed his family and all their animals with what they grow on their land.

Help a llama farmer

Help a farmer grow enough food to feed a llama all year round. Llamas are three gifts in one – providing farming families with wool for clothing, manure for boosting crops and an important safety net in time of need.

Why buy this Help a llama farmer gift?

  • Giving a llama farmer seeds and training means that they can feed their animals all year round, even from small plots of land.
  • Llamas help farmers! They crop plants when grazing instead of pulling them up like sheep and provide manure that help increase harvests.
  • No drama with this llama! Llamas act like a savings account for remote farming families – looking after them well increases the animal’s value and they can be sold to provide money in a crisis.

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