We never know the impact that we have or where our project will lead us. The online web store is going to provide income to families that will be owning their own home for the first time in the families history. When we started working in Mexico in 1995 we began by organizing women's cooperatives that could provide jobs to their local communities. They told us they needed basic utilities, roads and housing. We worked with a small group of women in Flora De Campo in the state of Jalisco to bring electricity to 8 homes, build a bridge, improve the roads, bring in running water and repair the homes. We also built a chicken aqua culture farm and started a women’s sewing cooperative.
From this small beginning the word spread across Mexico and the women formed Women for A Future Without Poverty. Today this group has over 650,000 members and represents almost every community in Mexico. This group approached the Mexican government and private investors and is going to build 5,000 homes for low income families in Mexico. They are using what they learned from our humble beginnings to design and manage this project.
Each family must pay a mortgage on their new homes that is based on a % of their income. That is now where the online store comes in. Many families are looking for a way of selling hand crafted items that they make. We are now working on developing agreements with these future home owners to help them earn the money they need to own their own home. This approach will help these families to break the cycle of poverty that goes back for hundreds of years and create a future without poverty for their families.
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