80% of Bolivia's workforce are in the informal sector as small retailers, microentrepreneurs, small businessmen, or bogus self-employed workers. Youth unemployment (age 15-24) of about 20% is twice as high as the overall figure.
The creation of new jobs and the strengthening of workers' rights combat poverty and social inequality. Solidar Switzerland supports Bolivian unions of underprivileged women working as domestic servants or farm workers. Further education and radio programmes are used to inform these women about the law and their rights. The unions of female sugar cane cutters in Santa Cruz and Bermejo regularly create their own radio broadcasts to inform their members about current issues. Furthermore, the nationwide "Empleo – pero en serio" (Work – seriously) radio broadcast makes the general public aware of concerns about decent work.