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BOLIVIA - Leasing the Rain, June 2002



INDEX

THE STORY
Synopsis of "Leasing the Rain"

"LEASING THE RAIN"

by William Finnegan

WHAT'S IN YOUR WATER BOTTLE?
An Interactive Investigation

TIMELINE
Cochabamba Water Revolt

DID YOU KNOW?
Facts and Stats about Bolivia

LINKS
Background, key players, the world's water woes

MAP

   


Images of Bolivian people and culture
Facts at a Glance

 

 


(Source: CIA World Factbook, 2001, Bolivia)

• Population: 8.1 million

• Population growth: 2.3%

• Approximately 40% of Bolivia's population is under the age of 15.

• The average life expectancy in Bolivia is 62 years.

• The illiteracy rate in Bolivia is 8.3% for males and 21.4% for females.

Did You Know
• Bolivia has the largest proportion of indigenous people in South America. More than 60% of Bolivia's population is indigenous.

• The three main indigenous languages spoken in Bolivia are Quechua, Aymara and Guarani.

• According to the World Bank, 64% of Bolivia's indigenous population lives below the poverty line. Nearly 50% of its non-indigenous population also live in poverty.

• With a GNP per capita of $1010, Bolivia is regarded as the poorest country in Latin America and the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, after Haiti.

• In 2000, Bolivia had a foreign debt of $6.6 billion.

• Since 1964, the World Bank has approved assistance on over 90 lending projects to Bolivia. Most recently, in September of 2001, it approved supplemental credit on a national land administration project.

• In Bolivia, 79% of the total population in 2000 had access to improved drinking water sources - 55% in rural areas and 93% in urban areas; 66% of the total population in 2000 had access to improved sanitation facilities - 82% of Bolivia's urban population and 38% of its rural population.

• In Bolivia, 24% of the rural population has access to water services and 39% of the rural population has access to sewage disposal and sanitation services.


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