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In pictures: Bolivia's popular fairs
Next year

Most people will return to the same fair next year, to invest a few pesos and a lot of hope in the power of alasitas. For thousands of indigenous Bolivians who live below the poverty line, this fair carries as much promise of change as does their daily reality.

Susanita came to the fair with her grandmother, Maria. "Our wishes may not have come true last year, but hopefully this year will be different," she says.

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