Tania Vázquez Vargas

Ashoka Fellow
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Fellow Since 2000


This profile was prepared when Tania Vázquez Vargas was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Tania works with a team of technical advisors to manage a corporation of farmers, producing high quality, nutritious, natural dehydrated fruits. By building an association of poor organic farmers into a socially conscious business, she helps increase income while responding to ecologically unsound practices and gender inequality. Through technical assistance, training, and strategic planning, Bolivian farmers produce a better quality and more marketable product, yielding greater income and greater sustainability. Tania fosters a sense of cooperation and solidarity among the farmers with whom she works, effecting price stability, financial security, social responsibility, and self-reliance toward prosperity and corporate integrity in the formerly impractical industry of fruit production.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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