This project educates and organizes poor indigenous women to develop their own communities. We provide rights and leader training and mobilize women to launch local projects and their own movement to negotiate with government. OUR WORK IS NEEDED. 83% of women partners demand training on smart leadership and how to collaborate to impact. For Mexico, and democratic nations like it, our unique model empowering citizens to solve their own problems is the way forward on sustained poverty reduction.
In poor central Mexico, indigenous women are central to families, communities and cultural traditions, but play a minor role in civil society. They average a 3rd grade education. 95% report violence and discrimination in homes and schools. Wages are unlivable. Climate change and ignorance wreak havoc on the environment. Public services are poor. Citizens do not unite nor make informed demands of non-transparent government. Too many men abandon their families in search of better in the USA.
Our project empowers sustainable community development. We use women-led leader and human rights training and network building to drive demand for basic services and homegrown solutions to problems. We train women to launch self-determined projects, e.g., distributing clean burning stoves or growing organic gardens. We educate them on decision-making and-management strategies to sustain progress. Our public forums empower women to promote their unprecedented development agenda to government.
Women drive sustained progress in communities when armed with decision-making clarity, authority and economic resources. For 500 native women, this project breaks the isolation in which they live by organizing around innate abilities and shared interests and power. Their network of 6 organizations creates solutions to problems and supports female autonomy and regional alliances. With success, we integrate men, poverty decreases and migration slows. We then scale our model across the Americas