Megan Sherar, a Peace Corps volunteer, in a small village in Bolivia, was asked over and over by her community to build a library. Her brother, Brendan, CEO of the Asheville-based company Biblio.com, ventured to check out Megan’s life in Bolivia and ended up falling in love with the country. They decided to implement a library in Megan’s Peace Corps site in 2005, this was the beginning of BiblioWorks.
After the first library in rural Morado K’asa, Megan received proposals from several nearby communities for new libraries. The next library to be equipped and supported was in Presto, a town close to Morado K’asa. Biblio.com became for several years the sole financer of nine library projects. From the first moment, it was decided that in order to achieve sustainability in the libraries, each of them should be opened in partnership with the local municipality.
In 2012 BiblioWorks received its first funding from another organization. Condor Trekkers, a local tourism agency that works as a social entrepreneurship, offered to fund a library in Maragua. Margua is a small community located in the heart of a crater-like formation where Condor Trekkers take most of their groups. The same year, YPFB Transportes, a division of the national gas company, offered to implement a library in two communities, Tomoroco and Pampa Aceituno. All of these libraries represent the recognition that BiblioWorks has gained among local organizations.
In 2015, at the time that the organization was celebrating 10 years of continuous work, another offer yet was made. Across the Globe Children’s Foundation, based in Connecticut, contacted BiblioWorks to offer funding for a new library. This is a milestone in our history, because it shows that BiblioWorks has earned the trust of international organizations who are willing support our efforts.