Bolivia Coca Farmers

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Apolonia Sanchez walks down a small dirt path leading to her Chaco, or coca farm, in the jungle inside the Chaparé region of Bolivia. Sanchez must hike an hour from a side road into her farm, which was hidden due to past farming restrictions and constant military raids on coca plantaions as a result of Law 1008. Sanchez, who has fought with Leonilda Zurita for women's rights in the coca production movement, says that while it is easier to grow coca after Evo Morales won presidency, the market is still not overly prosperous. She has had to open a childrens clothing stand near her home in Eterezama to bring in extra money for her family.