A Bolivian household

Bolivia has long been one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with an average annual income in rural areas of just US $150.  Bolivia also has the largest proportion of indigenous people, comprising about two-thirds of the total population. According to Bolivian government-supplied statistics, the percentage of people with access to safe water is only 68%.

The statistics never paint a pretty picture and sometimes it’s hard to see progress from the hard work of the local governments, NGO’s and international NGO’s like the ones I often work with. But it’s the job of the photographer/filmmaker to see the opportunities when they present themselves. This was one of those cases. We were working in a small remote village, which is often the case, and it was getting late in the day. We decided to walk up a faint dirt road to a household nestled up against the cliffs that reminded me of the desert Southwest in the US. When we arrived a woman with the most amazing smile was drying grain she had recently harvested. With the light slipping behind the ridge I quickly began shooting as she filled the sack with the days’ work.

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