Econ & Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans

Desarrollo Economico Social de los Mexicanos Indigenas (DESMI) provides financial, organizational and technical assistance to help community groups carry out their own projects and work together in resolving community needs. DESMI supports the development of indigenous collectives of corn and coffee production, animal husbandry, crafts production and opening local grocery stores with the goal of creating an integrated network of producers and consumers as backbone to a strong rural economy.
Mar 6, 2008

March 2008 Update

Since the last project update, three workshops on livestock rearing were carried out in the Northern Zone of Chiapas. One workshop was a general training on raising animals in your backyard that eight women from four communities participated in.

The other two workshops were more focused on raising cattle raising and had a total of 19 participants. The topics that were covered were related to disease control, starting from what diseases cow can get and how they are caused as well as how to vaccinate and take care of the cow. Thanks to the workshops, the participants have now a veterinary kit that can be used for disease control.

After the workshops the participants provided feedback on what training they will like to receive to continue to improve their livestock-rearing project.

Mar 6, 2008

March 2008 Update

In the Northern Zone of Chiapas, DESMI facilitated a workshop with representatives from the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Akabalná and Rubén Jaramillo to demonstrate the process of constructing wood-saving stoves. After the workshop, the families from the communities decided to construct wood-saving stoves in the following way:

Benito Juárez: 63 wood-saving stoves to benefit 63 families from 7 communities Akablaná: 44 wood-saving stoves to benefit 44 families from 8 communities Rubén Jaramillo: 15 wood-saving stoves to benefit 15 families from 3 communities Francisco Villa: 1 wood-saving stove for 1 family from the community Actiepa Yochip.

In total, 122 wood-saving stoves have been constructer and are benefiting 122 families from 19 communities.

Dec 13, 2007

December 2007 Update

Four “model” wood-saving stoves were constructed in three communities in the Zona Sur of Chiapas. DESMI organized workshops and site visits to train community members on how to construct and use a wood-saving stove. In addition, DESMI has surveyed the communities where the stoves were constructed to keep track of how many people are participating in these workshops.

Here are the results of that survey: • 24 families have participate in wood-saving stove-related workshops • Of these 24 families, 8 families constructed their wood-saving stoves. • 9 families have their wood-saving stoves but have not participated in any of DESMI workshops to learn how to properly use these stoves. • 17 families from 7 communities constructed wood-saving stoves without DESMI’s assistance but want to participate in DESMI’s workshops.

In general, the benefits expressed by those with a wood-saving stove listed the following: 1) Saving wood 2) Better conditions of kitchen tools 3) Women are no longer exposed to smoke pollution 4) Women have no more direct contact with the stove’s heat. 5) Food is cooked faster due to the stove’s structure that helps concentrate heat.