Venezuela has a population of over 27,000,000 people with an average life expectancy of 73.77 years and an infant mortality rate of 21.07 deaths/1,000 live births. 93% of the population lives in urban areas, leaving areas like Tovar with fewer options for its young people.

Tovar is located in the western state of Merida, Venezuela in a small valley surrounded by green mountains. It has an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius and an altitude of 952 meters. Tovar’s main industry is agriculture and is renowned for its coffee. The region is a mix of rural and commercial.

Poverty estimates from the Household Survey of the Central Office of Statistics and Information (OCEI) indicate that as of 30 June 1994 (most recent date available), 27.3% of the Venezuelan population had unmet basic needs and 21.6% lived in extreme poverty.