PIQUINANI BUTTONProject Cost: $11,050

Water tank w Piquinani in background
Water tank w Piquinani in background

Partners: Potable Water and Sanitation Committee (CAPyS, Comité de Agua Potable y Saneamiento) of Piquinani; Sica Sica Municipality; EWB-Memphis

Primary Goal: Construction of Greenhouses to diversify the diet and increase income in Piquinani, Bolivia.

Piquinani high
Piqinani’s location, not far from the main La Paz-Oruro road, near Konani – Click to enlarge

The Need:

The municipality of Sica Sica has developed a pilot project to provide water and sanitation to all of the communities in the municipality by building partnerships with the government and  NGO’s in each village. This could become the model to bring water and sanitation to all villages in Bolivia. EIA has accepted the challenge in three of the villages. One of those three is Piquinani, population of 120.

Piquiñani has access to water. The current system consists of pumping water from a spring to a storage tank and waterlines to individual households. There are also showers and eco-latrines implemented in the community. They are operational and well maintained which shows the community’s water committee is strong and capable of sustaining projects.

The residents of Piquinani survive on subsistence farming and the production of milk. However, the community needs to improve their nutrition and income. The poverty line for the municipality is 99% and extreme poverty of 72% (2001 (Bolivian National Statistics Institute census data).  The weather conditions are too cold and limit the variety of vegetable production. Each home has a meter and the committee currently collects 10 Bs from each family for each 6 m3 and 1.70bs for each additional m3.

Additional needs in the future are to test and improve the water system, and to improve milk production with the construction of stables for the cattle.

The Project Goal:

The community believes that family greenhouses will increase nutrition, produce additional income for the family and increase the learning abilities of the children in the community. Also, with increased economic activity in the community, this could reduce or end urban migration of their young people.

The community of Piquiñani thinks that doing a project with EWB-USA will be an opportunity for cultural exchange, and will be a good experience. The community is very open, and the families are looking forward to having visitors in Piquiñani.

Engineers in Action’s Role:

The municipality of Sica Sica invited EIA to be a part of their municipality-wide pilot project because of the trust built up between Sica Sica and EIA on the Konani project. Konani now has a full water system and a sewage system with a treatment plant. Konani is in Sica Sica and the success of that project has led to the desire to have similar successes throughout the muncipality.

EIA provides the logistics, coordination, communications, and support for EWB-Memphis. EIA not only coordinates between EWB-Memphis and Piquinani, but we also are involved in the coordination of the municipality wide project.

EIA will also be available for consultation on problems that will arise following completion of the work.

Total Project Costs:

Materials:                     $20,000

Equipment:                  $  1,000

Labor:                          $     700

EIA: Program Cost:      $11, 050

Total Costs                   $32,750

The community intends to use their yearly allocated funds from the municipality of Sica Sica called Annual Operational Plan (POA for its abbreviation in Spanish) on this project.The POA is between Bs 25,000 to 27,000 ($us 3600 to 3900 dollars a year).  The remainder of the cost for materials and equipment will be raised by EWB-Memphis. The labor costs will be donated by the community. In addition, the water committee will collect extra funds from each family. The community has already put in place a management system for these funds that is transparent and secure.

EIA’s program cost of $11,050 covers the costs of coordinating this project between the partners, communications, logistics, contract negotiations with a well driller, supervision of the drilling, and connecting the new well to the system. The funds donated by the Stanley Black & Decker Foundation will leverage an additional $30,000 in funds for drilling the well provided by Engineers Without Borders-Missouri University of Science and Technology, as well as in-kind engineering design, and labor.

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