Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty

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Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Defeating Poverty
Co-op school workshop on economic solidarity
Co-op school workshop on economic solidarity

Since our last report, PSYDEH’s majority-women team uses your generous donation to:

  • pursue digital inclusion for isolated women and their communities, with the aim to
  • increase economic independence, personal growth, and social and political opportunities, while we
  • build a transformative ecosystem made up of global investor-donors, women partners, and PSYDEH.

Let us explain!

Innovating a proof-of-concept for sustainable development and information and communications technology (ICT)

In late spring, PSYDEH welcomed top professionals representing global companies Viasat (satellite wireless), Clear Blue (solar for the isolated), and Crane Worldwide Logistics. Led by Viasat’s transformational investments -- satellite wireless, solar, computers, professional services, and flexible funds, we incubate a digital inclusion-oriented ecosystem through which these companies and others like Zoom and global non-profits like Team4Tech invest in our sustainable development work. This includes programming we call Tec Para Todos (Tech for All), a standalone initiative and key to producing other programming highlighted below.

With Tech for All, we’ve just built a network of six remote digital work hubs from which PSYDEH staff and Indigenous women partners will innovate culturally appropriate tech access and use solutions for countless vulnerable women and their communities. As an example, earlier this summer, there was a municipal-wide power cut where our main remote digital work hub is located. Donors’ tech investments kept our team led by dynamic women like Salma Sinaí Soto Montes in action. Or, in late May, isolated Indigenous women used our hubs to overcome physical isolation and the effects of climate change when sharing local better practices on animal husbandry projects. Throughout, our staff is supplied with ICT (including personal defense equipment) they need to safely lead our programming in rural, isolated areas.

Mobilizing women to produce micro-economic impact projects while building four sustainable cooperatives (co-ops)

Cuando Amanece helps 164 Indigenous women leaders representing 34 communities to organize themselves into 23 collectives and then co-create their own solutions to their own problems with the aim of MAKING measurable economic and social impact. These 23 collectives use economic seed funding made possible by you and GlobalGiving (average of $5,000 MXN ($244 USD) per collective) to already produce 28 projects, e.g, wood handicrafts, chicken-and pig husbandry for sale and personal consumption, and textile production.

Many of these entrepreneurial women are supported by our flagship 2022-2024 programming, an initiative we call Red Sierra Madre (RSM). Here, we coach 60+ Indigenous women leaders representing 1000s of citizens living in 20+ communities spread across the Sierra Madre mountains. Our RSM “cooperative school" uses a 12-month human rights-based curriculum co-created with Mexican non-profit INCUBA to teach women about why, the nature of, and how we forge economic solidarity. We teach about how to quality control and smartly price local-sourced goods for national and global markets. We also explore the nature of commercial storytelling and digital marketing, and much more.

PSYDEH supplements this economic support and training with something we call “Proyecto de Vida” where external psychologists and leadership consultants, recruited through our new Puentes initiative and remodeled Global Collaborators program, live in our main remote digital work hub while serving local-based women staff and women entrepreneurs. This coaching helps us to navigate personal challenges like abandonment, violence, and sexism while building professional skills like public speaking, how to conduct an interview with the press, and how to effectively debate in a public setting.

Your investment inspires companies and foundations from around the world to do the same.

By choosing PSYDEH, you and GlobalGiving inspire companies, governments, non-profits, and foundations to do the same. The aforementioned companies, the USA-based Kroll advisory firm, the Government of Ireland, and the German Lemonaid & ChariTea are now trusted partners. This trust, in turn, inspires new investors like Adobe to recently select PSYDEH as one of only 15 nonprofits across the globe for what we hope will be a multi-year alliance. Moreover, the USA-based Honnold Foundation has just awarded PSYDEH a large prize for more solar solutions to be integrated into “Tech For All” this fall.

Co-op school workshop on three collective models
Co-op school workshop on three collective models
Viasat satellite wifi antenna and Clear Blue solar
Viasat satellite wifi antenna and Clear Blue solar
PSYDEH leaders prepping for Viasat interview
PSYDEH leaders prepping for Viasat interview
Proyecto de Vida workshop - emotional intelligence
Proyecto de Vida workshop - emotional intelligence
Power cuts, no problem w/ solar and satellite wifi
Power cuts, no problem w/ solar and satellite wifi
Salma Sinai Soto Monte traversing the mountains
Salma Sinai Soto Monte traversing the mountains
PSYDEH women leaders navigating climate change
PSYDEH women leaders navigating climate change
Cuando Amanece funded wood handicrafts project
Cuando Amanece funded wood handicrafts project
Cuando Amanece funded chicken husbandry project
Cuando Amanece funded chicken husbandry project

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Alejandra Rios Perez, PSYDEH Field Program Lead
Alejandra Rios Perez, PSYDEH Field Program Lead

Since the last report, PSYDEH used your generous donation to

  • wrap up a hard, productive 2021 meeting emergency needs
  • launch 2022 programming to increase economic solidarity and access to information and communications technology (ICT)
  • pursue sustainable resource diversification.

Looking Back At 2021 Fieldwork: agency & solidarity

2021 was more complicated than normal. COVID-19 and climate change cut access to water, electricity, ICT, and local mobility, all of which impacted Mexico’s economic life and our work. PSYDEH responded to these circumstances by using six better practices that reflect local women allies' demands and increase agency and solidarity (key ingredients for sustainable community-led development):

  • Offer emotional support with our first women-led field corps
  • Support digital access when opening the first of five fieldwork hubs.  

Looking To 2022 Fieldwork: economic & technology tools

PSYDEH leaders like Alejandra Rios Pérez (pictured here) recently launched our most-ambitious programming ever, a three-pillar response to the effects of inequality, COVID-19, and climate change:

  • Cuando Amanece mutual aid programming
  • Sierra Madre programming to organize women entrepreneurs into a network of cooperatives
  • Tech For All linking satellite wifi, cloud tools, low-tech hardware, and solar energy into day-to-day programming work

2021-2022 Back-office Success: storytelling & resource diversification

With multiple crises and the government's cut of all funding, many Mexican nonprofits are closing their doors. To thrive not just survive when pursuing programming goals, PSYDEH's small, but mighty office team weaves a more powerful story of PSYDEH's perseverance, solidarity, and empowerment, including through a new logo and our five value propositions. You helped us to fully fund one of our GlobalGiving campaigns while we doubled down on our resource diversification strategy with a heavy focus on multi-year support. Examples of success include:

  • how we were selected in 2021 for funding from Kroll advisory firm, Zoom company, and the giving arm of Germany-based Lemonaid & ChariTea. We received professional services investments from Zoom and multi-national companies like HSBC Bank and Johnson & Johnson. We produced our first fee-for-service socially conscious project with USA-based PopSockets. We also maximized the benefits from in-kind donations of licenses and ad buys from Zoom and Google.
  • In 2022, we grow many of these alliances while negotiating new ones, e.g., the home satellite wifi company Viasat and their social impact “Tech For Good” initiative.

*See this article for more details about our work in 2021.

PSYDEH Indigenous Women Field Corps Leads
PSYDEH Indigenous Women Field Corps Leads
PSYDEH 2022 logo
PSYDEH 2022 logo
Women leadership training at Main Digital Work Hub
Women leadership training at Main Digital Work Hub
Women leaders, PSYDEH's Co-op Training School
Women leaders, PSYDEH's Co-op Training School
Pottery, 1 of 19 Cuando Amanece projects
Pottery, 1 of 19 Cuando Amanece projects

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Jazmin Manrique, an Indigenous Field Professional
Jazmin Manrique, an Indigenous Field Professional

Since our last report,

  • we switched gears to meet emergency needs while continuing to focus on our bread and butter—women-focused, sustainable community-led development.
  • Our work is right and good with Indigenous women leading the way.
  • We inch closer to being the paradigm-change actor we aspire to be in Mexico, Mesoamerica, and the Global South.

GIVING FISH WHILE TEACHING HOW TO FISH

Our 2021-2024 program confronts the painful effects of the pandemic and climate change on PSYDEH’s work with Indigenous women and their communities. How?

  • Casa Siempre Viva (CSV), a key component to 2021 work, is a long-missing piece to our field presence, decreasing transportation costs (money and time), increasing in-Region presence, and offering women a safe workspace.
  • Cuando Amanece initiative delivers short-term, emergency assistance demanded by women during this hard time via coaching and financial assistance for their own small economic and social impact projects.
  • Government of Ireland and German Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation join forces with PSYDEH to incubate a network of cooperatives through 2024, in part based on our 2021 social enterprise Bordamos Juntos (including our Etsy Shop).

RIGHT AND GOOD WORK WITH INDIGENOUS WOMEN

Jazmín Manrique, the 24-year-old Otomí Indigenous woman leader pictured above with our field vehicle, a canary yellow 1990 VW beetle that has become our calling card, is one of four female professionals forming the core of our new IWC. Raised in rural, marginalized Mexico, Jazmín has a degree in Sustainable Development from the Intercultural University of the State of Hidalgo (UICEH) and is a fearless coach and community organizer who travels solo through the mountains co-leading what we detail above. As she says, “[I work with PSYDEH] to reach women… to help them be informed and implement proposals based on their own opinions and demands.” 

PARADIGM-CHANGER IN THE FIELD OF COMMUNITY-LED DEVELOPMENT

When reorientating how we work in 2014-2015, we set out to model a new paradigm for how local-focused, Global South nonprofits can sustain their work while innovating a process-oriented prototype for empowering women and their communities to sustainable solve their own problems.

Our new 2020 Annual Report provides visually strong, narrative-centric reporting on how we did this during the hard pandemic year. And these past months have seen us continue to achieve big wins. For example:

  • we completed our first collaboration with USA-based company PopSockets. This project, described further in this case study, demonstrates how we can innovate profitable, win-win collaborations with corporate partners.
  • Indeed, we are also in mid-stream producing impact-making alliances with Johnson & Johnson, HSBC Bank, the Zoom company, and India-based Tata Group. More on these wins in our fourth quarter, 2021 report!
  • The London, UK-based Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation (ANCSSC) chooses PSYDEH as its first Mexican nonprofit member.
  • PSYDEH’s backstop support team welcomes new staff from Ireland and the USA and soon Belgium and Mexico. For example, we’re thrilled that USA lawyer Ryan Lavigne chooses PSYDEH to use our novel income diversification strategy when securing the resources we need.
  • We are thrilled to have just been selected by the USA-based Team4Tech as their first Mexican partner and only their third in Latin America to join their global community of nonprofit allies. Here, Team4Tech supports PSYDEH in linking with global companies like Adobe, SalesForce, and Hewlett Packard Enterprises on Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-focused projects with an aim to making a measured social impact.

*TO LEARN MORE about 2021 returns and progress, be sure to check out PSYDEH's RECENT NEWS page.

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Indigenous women candidate for office, Oct. 2020
Indigenous women candidate for office, Oct. 2020

In 2020, your donation helped PSYDEH to see challenges as opportunities. 

During the fourth quarter, the entire year really, during these difficult COVID-19 times, we asked ourselves this: is there a way to still thrive, to be more resilient?

Showcasing how we get to “yes,” how we use your gift to make an impact in our work, see below highlights from our FOURTH QUARTER 2020 NEWSLETTER celebrating our progress in the field, with our finances, and as an innovative organization. ***OF COURSE, if you prefer to view the full newsletter, click on the link above or HERE.

 Fieldwork

  • We published the English version of our e-book "Narrativas”, the fruit from our innovative storytelling initiative produced with crowdfunds from GlobalGiving (GG). Learn more about this work here.
  • PSYDEH continues to promote and support women’s participation in late-October electoral processes in four indigenous municipalities. Our short-film on this work will be released in the 1st quarter of 2021.
  • We finish planning for our 2021-2022 multi-mechanism program. Reflecting local indigenous women feedback, this is our most ambitious fieldwork ever, produced in collaboration with these women to help their families and communities rebuild during and after COVID-19. See this news item for program details, this account on our novel leadership-training planned for our women partner’s network, and this dispatch on one of the mechanisms we call “Bordamos juntos”, innovated with our new partner Ayuda Mutua CDMX.

Financial Well-being

  • Since September, we have launched new pieces of our seven-resource stream strategy: our (1) volunteer collaborator’s program, and (2) corporate partnerships program, including one of its key elements, (3) our cause marketing initiative. For details about volunteer collaborator activities, contact Carmen Grab. For more on corporate partners and cause marketing, contact Damon Taylor and Hannah Swenson respectively.
  • Our pro bono global law firm partner Hogan Lovells CDMX, in collaboration with TrustLaw (a project of the Thomson Reuters Foundation), helps us to make needed progress in becoming an outfit with 100% financial transparency. Learn more here

Organization Progress

  • India-based Chezuba helps PSYDEH to link with professionals from across the globe, including employees of the Tata Group, one of the largest Indian multinational conglomerates with 100,000+  workers across the world.
  • PSYDEH’s majority-paid field team grows. Necessitated by local indigenous women’s demands and our 2020-2022 COVID-19 recovery project, PSYDEH launches our nine-person, majority-indigenous women field Corps. It operates out of our first satellite-field office “Casa Siempre Viva”, named after indigenous women partner’s regional organization with the same name.
  • For over a year now, PSYDEH strategically uses our voice as a community-led development leader to promote more equitable access to resources through online global crowdfunding platforms like USA-UK-based GlobalGiving (GG). Learn more about PSYDEH’s evolving role here, and our novel model for working in this area here. To see the indirect impact of our nudging, and to learn more about GG's new community-led development research initiative, see this article and this report

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PSYDEH and women partners do not take COVID-19 wreaking havoc on fieldwork and funding lying down.

Over the past few months, your donation helps us to

  • release our 186-page e-book with women partners' stories and portraits
  • plan a COVID-19 project to offer short-and medium-term help to women and communities 
  • publish our 2019 annual report

STORYTELLING AS LEADER TRAINING AND MARKETING TOOL

PSYDEH just released our long-anticipated e-book “NARRATIVAS”. Funded by you, this beautiful tool has 68 high-quality “narrative-oriented” photographs and 32 stories by indigenous women. See HERE to read the book, read featured stories in English, and learn about the initiative. *Note, we are of course mindful of local partners' personal data privacy; click on "Data Privacy Policy" at the bottom of our website to learn more about how we manage such issues.  

COVID-19 PROJECT

To play our part in helping rural and indigenous communities navigate the pandemic, PSYDEH plans a new initiative and launched this crowdfunding CAMPAIGN to fund it. The forward-looking project supports five women-led organizations with (a) trustworthy coronavirus information they share with neighbors and (b) training on sustainable natural resource use while offering short-term (c) food assistance and income-generation help to 100 families.

2019 ANNUAL REPORT

We just published our most detailed and visually polished ANNUAL REPORT. Inside, you’ll read about 2019 work and awards, why our scalable model, our finances, and you’ll find interviews with our UK and USA staff. This high-quality report reflects the work that your hard-earned money funds.

LOOKING FORWARD

PSYDEH’s 3rd quarter report will celebrate: 

  • progress with our "Seed Fund" activity
  • end-of-2020 strategic planning finished early with partner involvement
  • more GlobalGiving wins.
Excerpt, "Narrativas"
Excerpt, "Narrativas"
New COVID-19 Campaign
New COVID-19 Campaign
2019 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report

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Psicologia y Derechos Humanos PSYDEH A.C.

Location: Tulancingo de Bravo, Hidalgo - Mexico
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Damon Taylor
Mexico City, D.F. Mexico

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