Protect the Rainforest & Indigenous Health, Mexico

$1,455 $6,955
Raised Remaining


DESMI will help 50 Mayan families in three villages of Chiapas, Mexico install wood-saving stoves. The stoves reduce deforestation and improve air quality in the home, preventing asthma and blindness.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Over one million Mayan indigenous people live as subsistence farmers in the resource-rich state of Chiapas, where poverty rates are the highest in Mexico. Mayan families traditionally use open-pit fires inside their homes to cook food. The fires require large amounts of wood, requiring women and children to work for hours daily to cut down trees and gather wood. High exposures to smoke causes blindness and respiratory diseases, especially in children.

How will this project solve this problem?

DESMI will provide no-interest loans and technical support for 50 families to each acquire a stove, which channels smoke through a chimney. As each loan is repaid, more families will participate, protecting their health and saving forests.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will start with 50 families, increasing to 700 families over 3 years. Each stove will allow 50% less firewood to be used, protecting 3,500 trees and reducing carbon emissions. 2,500 children gain better health and quality of life.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,455

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,455 .  The original project funding goal was $8,410.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 11 donors like you, a total of $1,455 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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