Guerrero is the second most marginalized state in Mexico, 64% of its population lives in poverty and 23% in extreme poverty. The poorest municipality in Mexico is here: Cochoapa el Grande, an indigenous region. According to the United Nations, Cochoapa has the lowest Human Development Index in Mexico, similar to such African countries as Liberia and Guinea-Bissau. Our training and bioconstruction program improves the quality of life and combats hunger in Cochoapa, bringing sustainable change.
Cochoapa has a population of 18,458 people: 82% of them live in extreme poverty, 87% doesn't have access to healthcare, 93% of homes don't have a bathroom or proper waste management, 79% of residents lack quality living conditions, 99% lack access to basic services in their homes and 64% lack food security. Also, 66% of the population 15 years and older is illiterate. Mudslides have left many people homeless.
The Yo quiero Yo puedo team is currently carrying out a comprehensive community development approach that focuses on life skills geared towards better health practices, hygiene, nutrition and environmental protection. We also work with communities to develop eco-techniques that will help them improve their quality of life, such as dry toilets, vegetable gardens and clean cookstoves.
Through our participatory workshops, community leaders will improve their behaviors and actions towards better health practices, hygiene and nutrition. These community members will also lead the continuing training process with over 1000 people in order to reduce their vulnerability, expand their skills with eco-techniques and improve the overall quality of life in the community.