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Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems

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Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Seed Fund Indigenous Women Solving Local Problems
Guillermina, Otomi leader of "Flor del Bosque"
Guillermina, Otomi leader of "Flor del Bosque"

PSYDEH finishes 2018 strong and looks to 2019 for more progress creating lasting communities of change.

Since our 3rd quarter report,

  • women partners start to tell their stories.
  • PSYDEH was chosen as one of GlobalGiving’s top 15 NGOs committed to impact in 2018.
  • 2016-2018 project success leads to new exciting work in 2019.


Guillermina writes,

“I left school and started doing housework at the age of eight. With my being one of 16 siblings, there wasn’t enough food to eat nor money for education. Some of my siblings studied until high school, but I didn't. My parents said the school was too dangerous for me. At the age of 20, I married a humble man dedicated to farming. He studied until the third grade in primary school. I had 4 children to whom I have dedicated my life to help them get ahead. My oldest daughter studied until the first semester of college but then quit; I could not support her anymore and my husband did not want to support her. My other three children studied through high school but no further. They saw that they had no chance to pursue a profession and decided to cross to the north, where they now make their lives and have become parents, too. With my children off leading their own lives, I used my free time to study primary and then secondary school. I’ve earned my certificate. Now, I like to teach others what I learn with PSYDEH, to give support to those who need me.”

Guillermina’s story is one of 20 narratives PSYDEH helps to create with women leaders of our partner NGO network. Why? Stories bind us, they define who we are and what people think of us, and what we think of ourselves. We connect, collaborate, and make fairer, more inclusive societies through the compelling stories we weave, knowing that the most personal is the most universal.

Thanks to your investment in PSYDEH, our novel storytelling initiative will end with:

  • women like Guillermina presenting their stories before 100s of people at the 5th Regional Forum in spring 2019, and
  • these stories highlighted on the women’s NGO's pages in PSYDEH's website.

This work, and the other key elements of our project — embroidery initiativeNGO strengthening, and seed fund — will be completed by April 2019, just in time for women and their organizations to use the fruits of this work to strengthen their chances of securing funding from the new Mexican federal government.


End of 2018 bears exciting tidings about PSYDEH’s growing brand.

GLOBALLY, (1) we have just been chosen as one of the top 15 nonprofits in GlobalGiving’s network committed to sustained impact in 2018. To be chosen as the only Mexican NGO on the list, from among hundreds of NGOs around the world, is seen by PSYDEH as the greatest of honors. (2) We continue to explore a multi-year collaboration with the Hamburg, Germany based Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation. (3) We look to leverage our partnership with USA-based professionals of the global Dentsu Aegis Network into a 2019 collaboration with their Mexico-city based colleagues.

NATIONALLY, (1) we wrap up our three-year term as Hidalgo’s only NGO representative to the Consejo Consultivo, the citizen board advising the government on indigenous community development. Among the national policies for which we’ve pushed is Mexico’s first national institute to guarantee rights for indigenous communities. (2) We now explore with GlobalGiving’s Mexico representative a seat on their new national leadership council of high-performing NGOs.


PSYDEH just finished our first project with a national institute focused on fighting corruption (INAI) — another great opportunity to use our scalable program to make a a sustained impact. Here, we are one of 22 Mexican NGOs across the Republic promoting knowledge and activism around the rights to access public information and to the protection of personal data. Why? For PSYDEH, these rights are the keys to citizens exercising all other rights. See HERE our short film promoting these rights and this project.

By design, this 2018 project and our nationally recognized 2016-2017 work strengthening women’s participation in Mexico’s democracy has led to PSYDEH being chosen for a new project to strengthen women’s leadership in electoral processes in 2019. We are stronger together, especially when strategically smart! 


Our 1st quarter 2019 report will celebrate PSYDEH’s:

  • first animated lesson in Spanish and English,
  • current USA Fulbright colleague Mahathi Kumar,
  • revamped website, and
  • continued success in the field.

¡Felices fiestas de México!

Storytelling training workshop
Storytelling training workshop
Storytelling training workshop II
Storytelling training workshop II


Otomi leader
Otomi leader

2018 is proving to be an exciting year in our pursuit of creating lasting communities of change in Mexico.

Since our last report,

  • Women partners confirm again that our bottom-up oriented, rights-based work is right and good. 
  • We launch multiple new initiatives, including our action-learning "Seed Fund" through which women's NGOs produce their inaugural projects by years end.
  • PSYDEH impacts and is impacted by global partners Dentsu Aegis Network, Bank of America, GlobalGiving and their Social Impact Academy and American art student Olivia Taylor.


Remigia Rivera, pictured above and the 32-year-old Otomí president of our partner NGO "Women With a Future", is one of 20 indigenous women leaders of a network of NGOs we incubate in 2018 with your crowdfunding investment. In recent workshops, Remigia and her peers, invited to share with folks like you around the world, offer comments like "I think we must invite all of our region's communities to our work. I enjoy what we learn with PSYDEH, especially recent workshops on how we can combat violence and pursue gender equality."


Our free development work centers on strengthening women partners with knowledge on things like rights awareness and organizing training and support. In the summer/fall of 2018, this is translated into PSYDEH producing our (1) inaugural action-learning "Seed Fund" initiative, (2) innovative storytelling training, (3) embroidery investment project, and (4) conducting with women leaders a SWOT analysis of their NGOs while demonstrating the importance of organizational transparency. These actions double the return on your investment. One, you fund these actions. Two, these actions help to build the foundation from which women will launch their own actions in 2019. Two good impacts with one investment! 


"We are stronger together" in pursuit of our good work. This mantra resonates with women partners confronting abandonment and isolation and it resonates with us, a small NGO working for paradigm changes in Mexico. Recent evidence of this truth includes how our:

  • business support initiative with Bank of America results in smarter integration of online assets,

¡Juntos Somos Mejores!


Otomi leader, cover page, 2017 Annual Report
Otomi leader, cover page, 2017 Annual Report

With this win-win quarterly bulletin, we write less to share more. 

PSYDEH is thrilled to announce the publication of our 2017 Annual Report in two forms:

This document marks a complete redesign of how we think about reporting to donor-investors thanks to our ongoing collaboration with the global digital media and digital communications Dentsu Aegis Network. And it speaks to a seminal year for PSYDEH in 2017, which we now build into bigger and better impact in 2018.

Second, with a picture worth a thousand words, and video better than a photo, we invite you into "our living room" with these three short videos from our feminine voices series:

Our harvest is bigger and better than ever, and we invite you to share in celebrating our progress.

Happy summer from PSYDEH!




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