Tania Vázquez Vargas
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.