- We understand that sometimes life can take unexpected turns and that people have big dreams. We are interested in supporting both of these scenarios by offering micro-loans in the amounts of $100-$1000 to all of our workers. Employees and artisans are able to take out low-interest bearing small loans from AHA Bolivia for medical needs, housing construction, schooling or small business development. We are happy to report that almost all employee loans to-date have been paid back in a reasonable time period.
- Previously, we contracted a doctor and university student to conduct an in depth survey and work with the many groups of artisans we employ. The structure of homegrown artisan cooperatives can sometimes lead to disagreements, distrust and clashing opinions. The doctor and university student served as a conflict mediators between cooperative members. They also gave members a means with which to voice opinions over treatment, work environment and work relationships. The program was unfortunately cut after the economic recession, but we are trying to build the expense back in to our budget for the coming years.
- Even though the program is no longer formally in existence, our dedicated staff still helps with some of the more difficult cases of conflict. Our staff know the artisans well and are able to relate to them in a very personal and effective manner.