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Limachi Francisco Flores, 61 - Wife Juana Kantuta (51 years); they have nine children, but only four of them have remained on the farm. The other five older children are married and live in the city of La Paz.

Their primary income and also for the rest of the people in their village comes from selling milk.

In 1984, the local Coaquira river overflowed and flooded the entire community, they had to leave their homes and seek safer areas.
Before the flood they say that the land was mostly unarable, with only a farming production yield of 40%. After that, in 1985 Lake Titicaca flooded the community for a period of about two years, leaving many families homeless and with no choice but to leave the community.
The lake recceeded slowly, you could fish the local (Mauri and Carachi) lake fish from where his home now stands; after that it was possible to return and cultivate the land, they noticed that the lake brought about a change in the ground, leaving a very arable land.

After the flood the community built dams to prevent flooding by diverting the natural course of the river.

Unfortunately, over the past several years climate change has made it difficult for the family to consistently feed the cows that produce their milk. No rain, no grass for the cows to graze upon.

CRS installed an ecological toilet for the family as part of the "Health with Water and Sanitation" project. In order to take care of the environment the CRS project wants to improve the conditions and quality of life of the target population through the construction, improvement, expansion and renewal of drinking water systems, construction of ecological toilets and construction of ecological garbage pits.

Photo by Philip Laubner/Catholic Relief Services