The parish in Italaque has a population of about 3000 indigenous Aymara, who live
in a vicious cycle of social exclusion, and whose scarce resources are generated
by subsistence farming (producing potatoes and potato products, grains, and raising
alpaca, llama, cattle and sheep). Monthly income is about 200 bolivianos (20,50 euros
or $28.50) per family, in a country where the minimum monthly wage is 815 bolivianos.
For this reason, parents can't provide what is necessary for the physical, cognitive,
emotional, educational or human development of their children. Without opportunities
for human and professional self-realization, the population is resigned to living
in a situation of social and economic injustice in which they find themselves. Spurred
by illiteracy, alcoholism, rural exodus and massive migration, family violence, loss
of basic values, etc., this vicious cycle especially puts infants, girls and women
at risk, and adversely affects future generations.