ect BO-481

Municipal Economic Development of Artisan Shops in La Paz and El Alto   

The Oficina del Artesano Microempresario (OFAMI) was founded in 2000 and its main purpose is to provide artisan-to-artisan training and technical assistance to improve their business and marketing capacity.

OFAMI would mobilize over two years 750 artisans in 250 shops who would form 18 pilot consortia in the cities of La Paz and El Alto and demonstrate the effectiveness of coordinated production and marketing as a development strategy for broad replication among the thousands of artisan shops in Bolivia.

OFAMIís primary purpose is to help business-oriented artisans think and act strategically in their businesses and to create the potential for strategic investment by municipalities and other Bolivian and international programs committed to supporting poverty reduction strategies.