Protect the Rainforest & Indigenous Health, Mexico

by Econ & Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans


DESMI will help 50 Mayan families in three villages of Chiapas, Mexico install wood-saving stoves. The stoves reduce deforestation and improve air quality in the home, preventing asthma and blindness.

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Over one million Mayan indigenous people live as subsistence farmers in the resource-rich state of Chiapas, where poverty rates are the highest in Mexico. Mayan families traditionally use open-pit fires inside their homes to cook food. The fires require large amounts of wood, requiring women and children to work for hours daily to cut down trees and gather wood. High exposures to smoke causes blindness and respiratory diseases, especially in children.


DESMI will provide no-interest loans and technical support for 50 families to each acquire a stove, which channels smoke through a chimney. As each loan is repaid, more families will participate, protecting their health and saving forests.

Long-Term Impact

This project will start with 50 families, increasing to 700 families over 3 years. Each stove will allow 50% less firewood to be used, protecting 3,500 trees and reducing carbon emissions. 2,500 children gain better health and quality of life.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

Econ & Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans

Location: San Cristobal d.l. Casas, Chiapas - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​​desmiac
Gillian  Wilson
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 11 donors like you, a total of $1,455 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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