Sustainable Rural Life

 
$540
$24,460
Raised
Remaining
Jul 23, 2014

Accomplishments until July, 2014

Public consultation for carbon bond certification
Public consultation for carbon bond certification

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

These past three months our Sustainable Rural Life Program has continued helping rural communities throughout Mexico to improve their living conditions through environmental technologies. We continue to support our five allies in the field through capacity building workshops, follow up activities, and funding to acquire and distribute solar pots and fuel-efficient stoves.

We have also been working to promote the certification of all the stoves distributed on the Yucatan Peninsula for the voluntary carbon markets. In June took place the required public consultation for the certifying entity. During this meeting, all those families with a fuel-efficient stove who are in the process to be certified were given a chance to pose questions and debate about the project´s goals. We are sharing a couple of pictures of this very successful event.

Thank you for being part of the solution for so many communities, who now, thanks to your kind donations, can have cleaner kitchens, healthier lives, lower environmental impact, and improved economies. We are so grateful to you all again for believing in this cause and helping us support it. We sure hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779

Families participating in certification process
Families participating in certification process
Apr 23, 2014

Accomplishments of Sustainable Rural Life Program until April, 2014

Woman from Zapaliname with brand new stove
Woman from Zapaliname with brand new stove

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

In Mexico, priority conservation areas are almost all inhabited by poor rural communities of whom at least 80% rely on open fire stoves to cook their food and purify their water. In response to this situation, we launched the Sustainable Rural Life project with the objective to promote the sustainable use of the natural resources through the gradual introduction of appropriate technologies (such as solar pots and fuel efficient stoves). These technologies would help improve family health and domestic economy in Mexico´s rural communities, at the same time they help reduce deforestation, biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions. This project has also helped promote gender equity by using women as the main receptors of these technologies, and empowering them to improve their family´s overall condition. The final aim of the Sustainable Rural Life project is to become self-sufficient through the use of innovative financial systems, such as microfinances, REDD+ and voluntary carbon markets, all of which are means to raise the funds required to maintain and scale up current operations.

We are so thankful for all your kind donations. Thanks to them, the Sustainable Rural Life project has been able to keep of the work in the five different regions where we work and finance installation and maintenance of fuel efficient stoves. We are so grateful to you all again for believing in this cause and helping us support it. We hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779

Jan 31, 2014

Sustainable Rural Life accomplishments Jan2014

Learning how to build a Fuel Efficient Stove
Learning how to build a Fuel Efficient Stove

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

This past trimester has been full of activity thanks to our ally in the Yucatán Peninsula, U’yool’ché AC, who are following the list of requirements necessary to project with certify their fuel efficient stoves as carbon bonds in the voluntary carbon markets. As we mentioned in our previous report, this project has been possible thanks to the funds donated by our social enterprise partner Servicio Continental de Mensajeria (SCM).

In the first week of December, U’yool’ché AC members received the first capacity building workshop in the certification process. During this event, each learned about the details that have to be observed in order to successfully sell carbon bonds certified by the Gold Standard. One of the most important things that were made evident was the need to find additional resources to give the maintenance to the fuel efficient stoves installed in previous years. Due to the heavy use given by cooking, a lot of these technologies require to be replaced and others, even built from scratch again.

The Global Giving donations have made possible to finance some of this maintenance, which has resulted in even more satisfied clients (all of them happy rural women) with almost brand new stoves. We therefore thank you all again for believing in this cause and helping support us; we hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes,

03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico +52 (55) 5611 9779

 

Contact:

Vanessa Valdez (vanessa.valdez@fmcn.org)

Oct 31, 2013

Accomplishments of Sustainable Rural Life Oct 2013

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

We are more than happy to inform you that the funds from our social enterprise partner Servicio Continental de Mensajeria (SCM) have already been received by us, and work has already begun. Our Yucatan partners are about to begin the first activities required to certify their fuel efficient stoves as carbon bonds in the voluntary carbon markets. Before the year ends, we will have begun the first phase of the certification process, which includes capacity building activities to increase and strengthen the knowledge of our stove users regarding climate change, voluntary carbon markets and the critical route required to sell each bond. Also, we will monitor 1500 fuel efficient stoves, gathering information about their usage, their fuel reduction numbers, and giving maintenance to the equipment when required.

In regards to our other allies, for the following months we have continued our efforts to monitor the usage of the 115 solar pots and 115 fuel efficient stoves within rural communities located in four Mexican states: Baja California Sur, Querétaro, Tabasco and Quintana Roo. The Global Giving donations have made possible to increase current efforts and deliver these ecotechnologies to remote rural places, as well as help supply meals and materials for capacity building workshops in the field.

This amazing project is able to transform communities in three aspects: economical, environmental, and health wise, increasing the quality of life of many rural families exposed to open fires to cook and warm their houses. To date, we are proud to say that more than 1000 families have been directly benefitted from the program. We are excited that the program is now moving to self-sustainability, through the use of carbon bonds and innovative financial schemes.

We thank all our donors who believe in this cause and support us; we hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes, 03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779

 

Contact:
vanessa.valdez@fmcn.org

liliana.urbina@fmcn.org


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Jul 24, 2013

Searching the Carbon Bonds Certification (SRL)

Mid-year accomplishments of Sustainable Rural Life in 2013

Dear Sustainable Rural Life friends,

We are more than happy to inform you that our social enterprise partner Servicio Continental de Mensajeria (SCM) awarded us with a $US100,000 grant in order to begin working with our Yucatan partner´s employees to launch the process of Carbon Bonds Certification.

The Canadian Fund in Mexico allowed us to use the remaining resources of last year´s grant to keep on doing monitoring and training field trips to assure the continuity use of ecotechnologies with excellent results. We are proud of testify people enthusiasm and collaboration. During last May we apply for a new grant from the Canadian Fundo in Mexico which includes the following number of beneficiaries: (see table attached)

We will able to purchase 115 solar pots and 115 Clean Cookstoves to implement them in rural communities located in four states of Mexico: Baja California Sur, Querétaro, Tabasco and Quintana Roo. With these additional pairs of ecotechnologies we include more families to the project and beneficiaries are increasing. The Global Giving donations are destined to complement ecotechnologies deliveries to remote rural places and to supply meals and material during the capacity building workshops in the field.

This amazing project is able to transform communities in three aspects: economical, environmental as well as sanitary by reducing diseases generated by the daily exposure to open fires. For 2013 we are proud to say that more than 1000 families have been directly benefitted from the program and we are looking forward the next step: Carbon Bonds Certification.

We thank all our donors who believe in this cause and support us; we hope you continue being part of it.

All the best,

Sustainable Rural Life Team

Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature
Calle Damas 49, Colonia San Jose Insurgentes, 03900 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
+52 (55) 5611 9779

Contact:
liliana.urbina@fmcn.org
thalia.medina@fmcn.org



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Vanessa Valdez

Special and Innovation Project Coordinator
Mexico City, Mexico

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