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Jul 2, 2020

Follow-up and virtual training

In February of this year visits were made to monitor activities of the projects that are part of the reconstruction area. Interviews were conducted in tsotsil ans were translated into spanish and english. In these months the editing of these videos has been completed to use them for monitoring, evaluation and to report on activities.

As for the Educational Development Center "Yo´onik", the facilities are ready. The space will be prepared with the mandatory hygiene measures so that the return of girls and boys to class can be safe, considering the health contingency by COVID-19.

Also, activities have been followed up thorugh virtual consultancies to colleagues on the coast to create communication strategies that speak of the educational spaces in the area and the needs they present due to the pandemic. In addition, remote work has served to monitor and be informed of the stages. It is important to continue with the work and adapt it to these new digital tools to strengthen communication.




Jul 1, 2020

Activities and results during the COVID-19 contingency.

Human Development Area

We stopped continuous visits to the communities in March due to the COVID-19 contingency. However, we have been working to generate content for the upcoming workshops on "Dreams and visions: self-esteem, conflict resolution, leadership". We have placed emphasis on improving the methodology and tools.

Communication has been maintained with different groups of artisans to know how they feel about the pandemic and to keep them informed about the steps they must follow to take care of themselves. In addition, videos, audios and posters have been shared in Tsotsil or Tseltal to update them with the information. We organize food collection to support the most vulnerable communities and economically affected by the health contingency: Aldama, Santiago El Pinar, San Juan Cancuc, Huixtán, Mitontic and Larráinzar.

Technical-productive area

In collaboration with the commercial collaboration area, workshops to manufacture facemasks have been held in two communities: Tenejapa and Huixtán (small workshops have been held each week and we have carried them out wih the necessary health measures).

 Commercial Collaborations Area

We sought for  economic reactivation through the proposal "Artisan Assembly", during these three months it has been carried out with artisans from Venustiano Carranza (Aguacatenango), San Juan Cancuc (Tsajalch'en, Barrio Abajo and Chojchow), Aldama (group of men ) and Zinacantán.

 In Aguacatenango samples have been made for subsequent productions in collaboration with the brand "Mi Golondrina". With Andrea Velasco a virtual group was created to work on a project with the artisans where each one made a sample of products (shorts, girl's dress, boy's shirt, pajamas and blouse). 


Artisans have accepted the information provided in Covid-19 and are carrying out prevention measures.A s for the production of facemasks, it was a new experience and they put into practice the sewing knowledge of previous workshops of the Technical-Productive area. Teamwork and good organization for the creation of these pieces became evident in this case. And finally, it meant a source of economic income for artisans.

With the groups of San Juan Cancuc, Huixtán and Santiago El Pinar, the collaboration with Andrea Velasco was virtually continued. The result was satisfactory because they have adapted to this new way of working.

We are happy and satisfied because there has been an opportunity to learn new digital tools to continue the work. Furthermore, we are highly motivated to continue creating and accompanying these processes.




May 7, 2020

The cooperative in action: contigence of COVID-19

As as consequence of the COVI-19 health contingency, the Cooperative Tzeltal-Tzotzil suspended some activities that involved direct contact with large number of persons. 

However, in collaboration with NGOimpacto, the team developed broadcast material to share information with the community about this delicate moment we are living. This material was produced in tseltal and tsotsil, the two main languages spoken by members of the cooperative and people in the community of the region. It was spread through Whatsapp groups and facebook contacts. 

The first video was about: How to prevent COVID-19? (Health security measures), Another video was to talk about important new data that was given by going to phase 3. 

Graphic material was also provided by official health insitutuion, our team took care of the translation and difusion. We hope to continue this work online to protect our families. 

We are living a unique momento, so our daily lives have been affected, but we have not stopped sharing and working to help the peoplo of our community. 



Cooperativa Tzeltal-Tzotzil 


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