Jun 25, 2018

Reconstruction support for fungi producers

This report aims to demostrate that your donations have been used effectively; at the same time, to assure donors that the actions we are carrying-out have a long-term effect, providing sustainability to the people most affected by the S7 earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca.

At this stage, we worked in collaboration with the setas (fungi) producer Cooperative "Mol Mentes", based in San Cristobal de Las Casas Chiapas, to support the reconstruction of their facilities, which were affected by the S7 earthquake. Due to the damage caused, the economy of all small producers that make up the cooperative was paralyzed, giving that the sale of setas products is their only source of income.

This project included the purchase of reconstruction materials for the production module, the incubation and storage areas. Thanks to your support, the producers now have safe facilities, besides they have managed to execute a plan to recover the harvest and reactivate mushroom production, with a proper and well-designed infraestructure to do so.

The materials with which the module was built was improved. Previously the infrastructure was built of wood and now other materials were used, which allow greater safety for the future and optimal production conditions. With the improvements achieved, the producers have managed to increase their production and the quality of their product, allowing them in turn, to sell them at better prices.

This reconstruction project was of great relevance for the reactivation of the local economy and contributed to the well-being of twenty six families, besides the families of the producers that make up the Cooperative. There is also a number of indirect beneficiaries, as the production of mushrooms is a key element in other productive chains related to setas production in the area.

We would like to thank you for your kind and generous donations to support this Earthquake Recovery & Reconstruction Program. This couldn't be possible without your engagement!

Jun 19, 2018

From one end, to a betterment

Workshop at San Juan Cancuc
Workshop at San Juan Cancuc

The first semester 2018 has been full of experiences and achievements! We are excited to share with you the past three months updates:

In México, 72% of the indigenous population lives in poverty conditions. We are convinced of making actions as for this metric to change. The way we contribute to this change is by constructing bridges for indigenous women whom have less development opportunities, so that they can improve their lives by self-management and autonomy. There is no possible development without the active participation of women; it is a fact that the reality of the communities cannot be transformed without them.

With the last alliances and new groups of mayan women artisans that have agreed to collaborate with this project, Impacto is now serving close to 600 women from 12 indigenous communities in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico; some of them with the highest poverty rates in Mexico. We have made 42 in-situ field visits in these communities, in which we carried out workshops focused on creativity, product development, pricing, color palettes and tendencies, product finishes and quality.  

Aguacatenango and Larrainzar are two groups that recently join Impacto, the experience of working together and sharing experiences had been awesome. We had been able to construct bridges between the artisan women of Aguacatenango municipality and an international social brand, which allow them to expand worldwide the commercialization of their very high quality hand made products, at fair prices.

With the group of Larrainzar, we are carrying out workshops for 20 women who work with the backstrap-loom, making an excellent combination of talents all together. The goal of these workshops focuses on creativity and tendencies so that artisans can develop new and innovative products focused in a home collection that will be placed for their sell in the “Instituto Casa de Las Artesanías, Chiapas” stores, a government Institute which boosts the development of craft activities through the promotion of production and marketing, preserving and rescuing the historical and socio-cultural elements of the material and immaterial heritage of handicrafts.

With these exchanges of knowledges, besides their great talents and cultural heritage, the artisans women, day by day, are achieving autonomy and self-management as a way of improving their lives, while being able to reduce the cycle of inequality.

You are part of this positive impact in the lives of all this women, their children, their families and their whole communities. An important part of these achievements are possible because of your support. We are confident we will be counting on you, so that NGO Impacto will keep improving thousand of lives by being instrumental in reducing poverty and inequality.

New products made by artisans from Larrainzar
New products made by artisans from Larrainzar
Sharing knowledges with artisan women
Sharing knowledges with artisan women
Sharing knowledges with artisan women
Sharing knowledges with artisan women
Mar 26, 2018

The S7 Eathquake Reconstruction Process

Committed to long-term recovery, NGO impacto keeps working in the Earthquake Recovery & Reconstruction Program. We are coordinating these efforts as a joint force with based-NGO partners to ensure that the families and women artisans have durable homes and safe constructions. Secure spaces lead to economic stability and to empower women to establish their own strength, stability and self-sufficiency.

This report aims to show that your donations have been used effectively, and that at the same time, you can be assured that the actions that we are carrying out, have a long-term effect, providing sustainability to the beneficiaries. In this way, all together, we continue to provide support to those affected by the earthquake of September 7 in Chiapas and Oaxaca.


 Housing Reconstruction support at Zinacantán, Chiapas:

Organization: Cooperative “Mujeres Sembrando la Vida”

Location: Zinacantán, Chiapas

Amount: $ 48,000.00 M.X ($2,700 US DLLS)


We have focused our efforts on the reconstruction of homes of women artisans in the Mayan community of Zinacantán, collaborating with MSV (Mujeres Sembrando la Vida), a cooperative with which we have been collaborating for several years through our Textile Program.

 We have carried out the reconstruction of three houses that were previously built of adobe, making them vulnerable to earthquakes. Now they have been built with blocks and cement and better foundations, making them more durable and safe. Previously the houses of adobe destroyed by the tremor consisted of a single common room, which was shared by all the members of the family. Now two rooms have been built, one for parents and another for children; and one common room.


Reconstruction of the “Crafts House”, at Bochil, Chiapas:

 Organization: Batsil Antsetik

Location: Bochil, Chiapas

Amount: $ 115,000.00 M.X (6,400 US DLLS)


In coordination with one of our allied NGO “Batsil Antsetik”, we are working in the reconstruction of the “Crafts House” for productive activities, commercialization and tourist services, in Bochil, Chiapas.


• The local craft service was reinforced: a subdivision of the local was made, so that two spaces could be achieved, the upper part will work as a warehouse for materials for the artisans, while the lower part will work as a kitchen area. 

• A bedroom for artisans that come from different municipalities and stay overnight was rebuilt. Both, the roof of the ground floor, and the second level roof were rebuilt with concrete material.


We would like to thank you for your kind and generous donations to support this Earthquake Recovery & Reconstruction Program. This couldn't be possible without your engagement!

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