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"The Mennonites of the Bolivian Jungle"
Santa Rita is a Mennonite community near Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The Mennonites came from Europe to Canada, then Mexico and finally Bolivia. There are around 15,000 Mennonites living in Bolivia. Most of them work their land and live in organized social structures. They are very religious and frown upon any technology coming into their communities. They speak German and only the men speak Spanish to do business with the local Bolivians.