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Scarborough, Isabel M.

Grant Type
Engaged Anthropology Grant
Insitutional Affiliation
Parkland College
Completed Grant
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Scarborough, Dr. Isabel, Parkland College, Champaign, IL - To aid engaged activities on 'Raising Awareness on the Importance of the Informal Market in Cochabamba, Bolivia,' 2013, Cochabamba, Bolivia

DR. ISABEL SCARBOROUGH, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois, received an Engaged Anthropology Grant in August 2012 to aid 'Raising Awareness on the Importance of the Informal Market in Cochabamba, Bolivia.' This project proposed to raise awareness of the growing importance of the informal market and the indigenous female vendors who practice this trade in Bolivian society, in response to the historical invisibility and marginalization of this social sector. To achieve this goal, the project organized and implemented a two-day workshop in the city of Cochabamba, featuring local academics and professionals, to discuss the importance of the informal market to the regional economy. The workshop took place at the state university in Cochabamba and endeavored to further research on this topic by Bolivian and Bolivianist scholars. The results of the exchange of ideas at this seminar will be published in this university's social sciences academic journal. A second activity sponsored by this project comprised the design and publication of a children's book that provides a fictional and engaging narrative of the workings of the informal market, its vendors, and their critical contributions to Bolivia's economy. The storybook was distributed in the marketplace among the vendors and their families, and in the public school system, where in both instances it was warmly welcomed. The book's distribution and reading to Cochabamba's children will continue through the activities of a local non-profit library organization.