Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has one of the highest income inequalities in the world. Almost half of all Bolivian citizens live below the poverty line. 

Only a holistic, community-based approach can upend years of generational poverty. Bright Hope aligns our allies with local, in-country church partners to care for basic as well as spiritual needs in impoverished communities. Through a variety of programs that focus on medical care, care for vulnerable children, education, microenterprise, church resourcing and leadership development, communities in Bolivia are moving out of poverty and towards self-sustainability.

In Bolivia, Bright Hope and our Allies are currently supporting:

168

Churches

165

Pastors supported

58

Received job training

33

Jobs created

85

Microfinance recipients

665

School scholarships 

33,353

Received medical care

60,984

Meals served

Learn more about Bolivia

With a history of political unrest, Bolivia has experienced around 200 coups and countercoups, making it difficult to maintain economic and social stability. Poverty is extremely prevalent in urban areas in Bolivia where there is little access to education and economic opportunities.

45%

of the population lives below the poverty line.

80%

of employment is informal. Typical jobs include washing windows, shining shoes and selling items in the local market.

1 in 4

children will not complete high school.

Stories of Hope and Transformation

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COVID-19 Update from Bolivia

Cochabamba, April 2, 2020 (updated stats as of April 7) Bolivia’s first two COVID-19 cases were diagnosed on March 11. Before that, neighboring countries were already beginning to report cases,…
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Keeping a Close Watch on COVID-19 and the Extreme Poor

“If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.  For he will…
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The Church Can Lead a Culture… i.e. Bolivia

As news of the political situation in Bolivia is making international headlines since the Oct. 20th elections, we asked our Bright Hope Bolivia staff to share their perspective of the…
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Reaping a Harvest of God’s Faithfulness

El Alto, Bolivia For Pastor Cristian Calvi, serving God is an all-consuming passion! He sensed God’s call on his life as a young teen. Later, in 2012, he started Llevando…
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Board Member sees Bolivian youth impact a community in a counter-cultural way

*Bright Hope board member Tammy Massey shares about a recent trip to Bolivia. Children should be seen and not heard. Right? In the context of most world cultures, students have…
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Cooking with Love

As children arrive at the Children’s Care Center, the smell of hearty vegetable soup fills the air. Twice a week 50–60 youth come together at one of our partner churches…
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