Who are we?

The Patiño University Foundation is created. The lack of qualified professionals in Bolivia pushes Simón I. Patiño to create the Simón I. Patiño University Foundation. Patiño University Foundation, whose main objective is to provide the country with highly qualified young graduates to free it from dependence on foreign specialists.
The heirs of Simón and Albina Patiño created the Simón I. Patiño Foundation in Geneva in 1958. Patiño Foundation in Geneva in 1958. The opening of the Simón I. Patiño University Center marks the beginning of a new page in the history of university scholarships for Bolivian students. During these early years, the program of cultural activities for Europe was also created.
Start of the first activities in Cochabamba (Bolivia) in the three key areas of activity: creation of the pediatric hospital (1968), opening of the Palacio Portales for educational and cultural activities (1969), opening of the Pairumani farm for research, agricultural activities and dairy production (1970).
Expansion of educational and cultural activities in La Paz (1st Espacio Patiño) and agricultural activities in Santa Cruz. Creation of an environmental branch in Cochabamba.
Creation in Cochabamba (2002) and El Alto (2010) of rehabilitation centers for malnourished children and expansion of cultural and educational activities in Santa Cruz.
Creation of a prevention and health promotion center in Cochabamba and a similar branch in the facilities of the Nutrition Center in El Alto. Construction and inauguration of the new Espacio Patiño and its theater in La Paz.

Created in 1931 in Bolivia by Simón I. Patiño with headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). The Patiño Foundation plays an important role in the development of the country through its activities and projects in the thematic areas of: Education and Culture, Pediatric Health and Agroecology.

Simón I. Patiño
Simón I. Patiño was born on June 1, 1860 in the Department of Cochabamba. After basic schooling, he moved to Oruro, an important Bolivian mining center, when silver mining was at its peak.

After several years of arduous searches, isolated in the mountains with his wife, his tenacious efforts succeed and he discovers one of the largest tin deposits in the world. From then on, he began to give free rein to his brilliant sense of organization. In a few years, he made his mine the most important in the country, exploiting it with the most modern techniques under the direction of the best foreign engineers.

The biggest problem that Don Simón I. Patiño had since his beginnings as an industrialist was the lack of highly qualified professionals in Bolivia who could implement modern techniques in his mines, which is why he had the need to introduce a large number of professionals from abroad into the mining industry. As a result, Simón I. Patiño had the idea of creating the Simón I. Patiño University Foundation (FUSIP) in La Paz in 1931. Patiño (FUSIP) with the idea of granting university scholarships to Bolivian students, so that they could study in Europe and subsequently use the knowledge acquired for the development of Bolivia.

Don Simón I. Patiño also saw the need to give local universities the tools to train better prepared professionals. To achieve this desire, FUSIP made important donations of books and laboratories to several universities of the public system and also published essays by important national authors.

He founds a bank in Bolivia, markets his own ore, and opens smelters. Simultaneously, he invests in mining deposits in Malaysia and Canada. By the end of the 1930s, more than 60% of the world’s tin production is processed in his smelters.

In 1912, he settled in Europe with his family. In 1924, during a visit to Bolivia, he suffers a serious heart attack after which it is impossible for him to return to his country due to its high altitude.

In 1939, he left Europe and went to live in New York. Towards the end of his life, he settled in Argentina, to be closer to his country.

He died in Buenos Aires on April 20, 1947 and is buried in Pairumani, Bolivia.


Albina Rodríguez
Albina Rodríguez Ocampo was born in Oruro in 1873, in the bosom of a respected family of that city. In 1889 she married Simón I. Patiño, who would be her great companion in life. Together they became parents of René, Antenor, Graziella, Elena and Luz Mila Patiño Rodríguez.

Doña Albina accompanied Don Simón’s climb to business success, a road full of difficulties that they faced together.

When the success of the La Salvadora mine transformed the Patiño family’s lives and brought technological and infrastructural development to the mining centers, Don Simón had a hospital built in Catavi and another in Uncía, which were named after Albina, in homage to her constant concern for children’s health. Also in 1912, the couple financed the construction of the children’s ward of the Viedma Hospital in Cochabamba and in 1964, after the death of Don Simón and Doña Albina, the Patiño Foundation continued the philanthropic work of the couple by financing the construction of the “Albina R. de Patiño” Children’s Hospital.

Albina Rodríguez de Patiño was also a devout woman, as evidenced by the impetus she gave to various projects that contributed to the Catholic Church, such as the construction of temples in the mining centers and donations, including the organ of the Cathedral of Potosina, the tower of the Cathedral of Oruro and the Holy Sepulchre donated to the Church of the Society of Jesus in Cochabamba. In 1950 she was distinguished by the Bolivian government with the Condor de los Andes decoration for her acts in benefit of the country and her donations in favor of the national culture.

Our Victories

Very good organization...

An unmissable opportunity to explore Dalí’s art through a surrealist journey through his painting touching our deepest emotions. I am very grateful to the Simón I. Patiño Center for such a good organization.
JIMENA LIMACHE RICO (Fotografía referencial)
Asistente a la exposición de la Divina Comedia ilustrada por Dalí
Palacio Portales Cochabamba

I found the workshop very interesting.....

The truth is things that we may not know as teachers, but with the practical workshop we have really learned. It is also very nice to share the experiences of other teachers.
Profesora asistente al taller de Escuelas Sustentables
Espacio Patiño La Paz

The teaching we have had from the Patiño Foundation has been excellent....

I really feel very happy because the teaching we have received from the Patiño Foundation has been excellent, since we have had both a theoretical and practical presentation and we have been able to observe, learn and practice. We are going to take this to our educational units. I am...
Profesor participante de los talleres impartidos por la Fundación
Espacio Patiño La Paz

The Patiño Foundation helped us gain experience...

The Patiño Foundation helped us gain experience in preparing the soil and preparing and applying compost so that the plants grow healthy, whether vegetables or greens. (…)All of this we can apply to our crops and improve our production in the community.
Productor de la comunidad de Anocaraire
Hacienda Pairumani Cochabamba

Working with the Patiño Foundation helps us a lot...

My name is Juan Galarza Chacon, I have a farm in the community of Guachaca Grande in the municipality of Vinto and I have been a dairy farmer for 13 years. Working with the Patiño Foundation helps us a lot, because for example we are limited to produce milk with...
Productor de leche
Hacienda Pairumani, Cochabamba

The model of the foundation is a scale model of what I really dream of achieving one day with my property...

There are things that seem very simple but in practice are difficult to achieve, for example the order, discipline, organization and teamwork that I have seen in the foundation has led me to plan my first planting of cassava, with the advice and support of the whole team I was...
Empendedora agropecuaria. Consumidora y participante en capacitaciones de Apicultura y lácteos.
Hacienda Patiño. Santa Cruz.

We have learned a lot and it has been very helpful for those who grow and produce vegetables, fruit trees and others.

In the foundation’s workshops, we have learned to make bocachi, to make natural fertilizers with our own herbs, grasses, potato peelings, etc. We have learned a lot and it has been very helpful for those who grow and produce vegetables, fruit trees and others.
Productora de la comunidad de Iscaypata
Hacienda Pairumani, Cochabamba.

Working with Hacienda Pairumani we benefit from the exchange of experiences.

As a dairy farmer I have 28 years of experience, working with Hacienda Pairumani we benefit from the exchange of experiences, exchange of knowledge in milk production and training from the technicians of the Hacienda.
Productor de leche
Hacienda Pairumani, Cochabamba.

I would like to thank CEASIP for giving me the opportunity to do my thesis work at the center.

“In the experience I lived at Hacienda Patiño, I went through each of its areas where I was interested in the area of ‘dairy products’, focusing mainly on Yogurt. As a result of this, in 2016 I started with my family a legally established microenterprise and managed to register my...
Tesista "Caracterización morfométrica del Bovino Criollo" - Veterinario Zootecnista & propietario de MILAC.
Hacienda Patiño, Santa Cruz

I opted for my specialty training at this hospital because of its reputation and recognition for quality education and training.

Once here it was very pleasant to find that my expectations had been exceeded and that I was able to train and work in a very pleasant environment surrounded by quality professionals and human warmth. Today, after finishing my specialty, I feel confident of my training and I am proud...
Médico residente
Centro de Pediatría Albina Patiño.

It makes me proud to work here....

Working in this institution is a privilege, since it is a reference in the area of pediatric health, on a personal level it fills me with satisfaction to be part of this family since we have been working for so long and we consider ourselves a family; the fact of...
Jefa de Enfermería
Centro de Pediatría Albina Patiño

Very professional...

Very professional especially when vaccinating babies, very good vaccination cards, clean and nice environment.
KARLA JIMENEZ (Imagen referencial)
Madre de Familia
Centro de Pediatría Albina Patiño

The Patiño Foundation as a contribution to society...

The Albina R. de Patiño Pediatric Center, with the support of the Patiño Foundation, has made an important contribution over the last 54 years in supporting the integral health of children not only in Cochabamba but also in the rest of the country; not only in the curative part but...
Responsable de Hospitalización
Centro de Pediatría Albina Patiño

What I like the most about working in this foundation is...

What I like most about working at this foundation is the freedom I have to propose and carry out projects that I believe can have a positive impact.
Ingeniero Civil Voluntario

What I like most about this foundation is its attention to improving the services it offers.

What I like most about this foundation is its attention to improving the services it offers. It made a direct impression on me when I arrived, with its questioning of projects, its openness and its desire to do better.
Pedagoga Voluntaria

Excellent service...

They always gave me excellent attention, it was super fast, excellent professionals, friendly, perfectly clean and organized place.
Madre de Familia
Centro de promoción y prevención de la Salud Albina Patiño (Niño Sano)

Nuestro equipo

Director General
Ginebra - Suiza
Director de Patrimonio
Av. Potosí 1450 entre Buenos Aires y Portales
Cochabamba | Bolivia
Director de Estrategia y Desarrollo
Av. Potosí 1450 entre Buenos Aires y Portales
Cochabamba | Bolivia
Director Medico Centro de Pediatría Albina R. de Patiño.
Av. Oquendo entre Calama y Jordán
Cochabamba | Bolivia
Directora administrativa Centro de Pediatría Albina R. de Patiño
Av. Oquendo entre Calama y Jordan
Cochabamba | Bolivia
Director Hacienda Pairumani
Zona Pairumani, Vinto (Noroeste) Km 30
Cochabamba | Bolivia
Directora Hacienda Patiño
Zona Palmar Tapera
Santa Cruz | Bolivia

Some numbers

La Fundación trabaja arduamente en sus tres pilares: Salud, Agricultura y Educación y Cultura. Cuenta con los siguientes espacios dedicados especialmente a la población Boliviana.

Pediatric health centers.
Spaces dedicated entirely to education.
Farms dedicated to agriculture, research, dairy production and the dissemination of knowledge.
Historical museums
Ecotourism Parks