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Ethno-Development Among the Jalq'a

The Jalq'a are an Andean ethnic group scattered among 30 communities in the remote, rugged mountainous area in the Chuquisaca region of south-central Bolivia. Families eke out a living from farming and pasturing and earn supplementary income from low paying work in the city. Since 1986, this subsistence economy has changed for a growing number of female weavers (now reaching 380) and their families.

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