Juan Carlos Baltazar is from La Paz, Bolivia, and began working at the age of six, selling candy and cigarettes late into the night in bars, in order to support his mother and siblings.
Out of necessity, he has worked a variety of jobs including : cook, baker, ice cream vendor, street peddler, shoe shiner, carpenter, bricklayer, actor, miner, domestic worker, among other jobs.
In 2012 he finished his secondary level education at CEMA (Center of Accelerated Education). He dreams of pursuing higher education, of going to university, and of getting a job in order to change Bolivian society.
He lives in a neighbourhood called Urkupiña in the city of El Alto. He and his wife, Remedios, have two children : John, 8 years old, and Alex, 5. He is an active member of the community and he is dedicated to supporting and working with the most excluded people.
Participation in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) evaluation
Juan Carlos, along with other people who live in extreme poverty, is working on evaluating the UN MDGs, set to expire in 2015.
Together with university students, professionals and representatives from institutions, they are analysing the MDGs advances, and their failures. They discuss this in “Fourth World People's Universities”. They meet up each week to identify persisting problems, and to offer solutions. This year, the group providing an analysis, and proposals for the Bolivian authorities as well as internationals organisations like the United Nations.