The Town: Moro Moro
The town of Moro Moro, with about 1,500 people, sits in a valley in the Andes mountains that run across the South American nation of Bolivia. As when Moro Moro was founded in 1841, the majority of the current inhabitants earn their living through agriculture. Moro Moro sits at 7,000 feet above sea-level and despite mountainous terrain and unpredictable weather, the area's farmers cultivate a variety of crops. These crops, including potatoes, peaches, plums, apples, barley, wheat, and corn are sold at local markets or transported to the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra - a day's drive through the mountains.
Despite long days cultivating crops, most residents earn very modest incomes, which limit the opportunities that they can provide for their children. Town life centers around the church and the school. The school offers primary and secondary educational courses that correspond to U.S. elementary and high school. Additionally, the school offers night courses. About 400 students currently attend the school.
Since the inception of the Moro Moro Scholarship Fund in 2000, the possibility of achieving the scholarship has increased academic performance overall in the school. The opportunity for higher education made possible by the Fund, though of relatively little cost in US dollars, is highly valued by the town's youth.