Our History and Structure
Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) was founded in the UK. After returning from a study tour of the region, 20 Quakers convened to address the tremendous poverty they had witnessed. In 1995, Quaker Bolivia Link became a registered charity in Britain (no. 1055192) with offices in El Alto, Bolivia. In 1998 QBL expanded its operations to the U.S. and became a California non-profit (EIN 33-0881986) employing 2 part-time administrators.
The Bolivian branch of QBL employs a coordinator, a team of two agricultural technicians, and a financial administrator. Additionally, we contract specialized engineers to plan and supervise the construction of our projects.Under the guidance of the Trustees in Britain and Board members in the U.S. and Bolivia, the staff is joined by a handful of dedicated volunteers who work to serve the indigenous people of Bolivia.
The US Board and staff meet monthly by phone and once a year in person. Here is a photo of the Board and staff in 2011.
Where We Work
This is a map of many of QBL’s past project sites. We are currently working to ensure that we have the correct information, expand the map to include all of the sites, and provide more information about the individual projects.
Click on the map for an interactive Google Maps version.
Financial Summary for the Year Ending December 31, 2011
Total 2011 revenue: $ 52,431
- $ 52,169 from Contributions
- $ 38,760 from individual contributions
- $ 7, 659 from Quaker meetings and churches
- $ 5,750 from foundations and other organizations
- $ 262 Other Net Income
Functional Expenses: $102,264
- $84,937 Program Services
- $11,579 Support Services—Management and General Activities
- $5,748 Support Services—Fundraising Activities
Net Assets, End of Year: $61,998
Annual Reports, Newsletters, Flyers, e-Newsletters
The QBL-US Board issues annual reports with information about the projects have been active during the year. Here are a few of the most recent reports: They are available as Adobe .pdf files:
Newsletters and flyers are also sent to those on our postal mailing list, and on the Contact page you can subscribe to that list. The newsletters and flyers are sent on an occasional basis and here are a few representational samples:
- Poster from the UK
- Newsletter January 2012 (UK)
- Newsletter April 2010
- Newsletter November 2009
- Flyer about water March 2010
- Another water flyer
- Greenhouse flyer
- Animal breeding flyer
Board Visit to Bolivia in 2009
In the spring of 2009, members of the US and UK boards visited Bolivia and the QBL projects there. If you really want to look in depth at the operation in Bolivia, here are a lengthy report of the visit and a very large album of photos taken during the trip, thanks to US board member Graham Johnson.
QBL-US Board Meetings
QBL-US usually has our board meetings by phone every third Thursday of the month. We start at 8pm Eastern time. Please contact us if you would like to join the meetings.Share