Ensuring land rights for Bolivian chullas

In Aymara culture, a chulla is a person who has no partner. This case addresses the experiences of three women from low-income, poorly educated families, who married young and gained access to land tenure through their spouses and later were widowed. Being considered chullas, they constantly faced land tenure conflicts, but they eventually managed to empower themselves to exercise their land rights in the public sphere. A key element for this was the sanitation process of the property. However, the main problem was posed by the traditional subordination of women in the farming sector.

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Municipio de Guaqui, Provincia de Ingavi, Departamento de La Paz, Bolivia.