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Active grantees: 22
IAF commitment: $4,955,841
Counterpart value: $8,693,000
Total investment: $13,648,841
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, conservation, corporate social investment, cultural expression, education/training, enterprise development, the environment, inclusion of indigenous peoples.

Contact information

Gabriela Boyer and Seth Jesse, Foundation Representatives
Julia Toscano, Program Assistant
Azucena Diaz Garcia, Local 

Active Grantees

Centro Campesino para el Desarrollo Sustentable A.C. (CAMPESINO) will provide farmers in the state of Tlaxcala access to working capital, loans and training in conservation techniques, leadership and related subjects to improve their income and food supply. It will also support the further development of a community-based business and construct and equip a storage facility.

Iniciativas para el Desarrollo de una Economía Alternativa y Solidaria, A.C. (Ideas Comunitarias) will introduce its School for the Common Good, a youth-oriented curriculum, in several communities in Oaxaca and use it to train young indigenous leaders from at least 15 grassroots groups to address organizational development and income generation issues. Ideas
Comunitarias expects to train 240 students; the project should benefit 960
members of their families and other community residents. The curriculum
includes four phases of training for the young adults ranging between 18 and 25 and for a limited number of adults. 

Ñepi Behña Asociación Civil (Ñepi Behña) a nongovernmental organization, and Ya Muntsi Behña, a cooperative comprising 250 women in Hidalgo, will develop their jointly-owned enterprise operating on the principles of fair trade, through training, the application of a new strategy for reaching niche markets, and the participation of 520 women suppliers in the states of Chiapas, Puebla, Mexico State, the Federal District and Hidalgo. 

Unión de Museos Comunitarios de Oaxaca, A.C. (UMCO) will partner with primary and secondary schools to develop the leadership, technical skills and cultural identity of children and adolescents in 15 rural communities of Oaxaca through a series of workshops, festivals, exchanges and exhibits. The activities will involve 2,700 children, 500 adolescents and 300 adults.

Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI) will work with a fishing cooperative in Quintana Roo to manage a community-based marine reserve, restore its reefs and benefit traditional fishers and local tourism enterprises. The project will directly involve 230 fishers and members of their families and will also reach 5,000 residents of villages in Quintana Roo.

Instituto Mora (IM) will host a training program directed at preparing 40 young Mexicans between the ages of 22 and 29 for positions of leadership in community foundations. The program will offer classes in a traditional setting and online, internships with the foundations, and the opportunity to undertake research on foundation priorities. Some 700 foundation employees and volunteers are expected to benefit indirectly.

Union de Esfuerzos para el Campo (UDEC) will work with Cooperativa Cosechando Juntos lo Sembrado, S.C. (CSJ) in 40 communities of Queretaro, to provide training and technical assistance in business skills to 500 backyard gardeners and 125 rural microentrepeneurs selling food, clothing, soaps and shampoos and crafts. The program also offers them access to credit through savings and-loan associations. 

Desarrollo Autogestionario, A.C. (AUGE) will offer training in job skills to 300 young Mexicans, between the ages of 16 and 22, from 40 communities in six municipalities surrounding Xalapa, Veracruz, and will support their small enterprises or further education. A mobile training center developed with project funds will allow AUGE to continuing activities beyond the grant period. In addition to the trainees, 1,200 family members are expected to benefit. 

Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía, A.C. (CEMEFI), a fundraising and donor organization, is a founding member of The Inter-American Network of Corporate Foundations and Actions for Grassroots Development (RedEAmérica), an IAF-initiated business-sector launched in 2002. In partnership with five other RedEAmérica members (C CEMEX, Fundación ADO, Fundación del Empresariado de Mexico (Fundemex), Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya (FHMM) and Fundación Merced) CEMEFI will develop and manage a subgrant fund to finance grassroots development and will otherwise encourage corporate social investment in Mexico. The grant will 600 Mexicans directly; 3,000 members of their family will benefit indirectly.

Unión de Comunidades Productoras Forestales Zapotecos-Chinantecos de la Sierra Juárez, de R.I. (UZACHI) will work with four indigenous Chinantec and Zapotec member communities in the Sierra Juárez region of Oaxaca toward the integrated management of the local ecosystem. Its technical services and subgrants will reach two additional Chinantec communities and encourage the involvement of women and young Chinatecos. UZACHI is expected to develop as an organization capable of providing leadership to other indigenous communities. Its approach to forestry will directly benefit 2,422 Chinatecos working on 25,605 hectares of woodlands. Another 3,989 area residents will benefit from its responsible practices. 

Comité de Derechos Humanos Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada A.C. (Fray Pedro) will engage approximately 1,500 residents in 90 rural communities in the municipality of Ocosingo in promoting a culture of peace and advocating for young people and women's rights. It will also encourage 200 small producers to adopt sustainable farming practices on their plots and work toward a more reliable food supply for farmers in the municipality. This project is expected to improve the livelihood of Tseltal communities through conflict resolution and women's empowerment activities and generate more income for farmers by adopting agro-ecological practices. A total of 1,500 residents will benefit directly, and another  6,000 family members will benefit indirectly through project activities. 

Alianza Fundaciones Comunitarias México, Asociación Civil (Comunalia) will work with the leaders, staff and boards of directors of the 17 community foundations in its network toward the design of a plan to develop the organization into an effective advocate for its members. The C.S. Mott Foundation is co-funding the process directly, involving 380 employees and board members of the participating foundations, which should benefit 15,000 Mexicans.

Centro de Formación y Capacitación para Mujeres K'inal Antsetik, A.C. (CEFOCAM) a women-led indigenous organization, will offer training in cooperativism, leadership and the rights of women, including those who identify as LBTI, in indigenous communities in the highlands of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. Benefits will reach 372 indigenous women and 1,500 members of their families.

Sociedad de Solidaridad Social "Los Lagos de Colores," SSS (Lagos de Colores) will work with its 150 member families of indigenous Chuj, Tojolabal and Mam descent in four rural municipalities in Tziscao, Chiapas, a toward the application of "agroecology," or farming practices compatible with the responsible use of the environment; the improvement of coffee production and processing; and more effective marketing of coffee, honey and vegetables. Its workshops will address concepts related to community, territory, identity and gender. The increased income and awareness should benefit 750 Mexicans of indigenous descent.

Estudios Rurales y Asesoría Campesina, A.C. (ERAC) will engage grassroots organizations in the states of Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero and Tlaxcala to implement sustainable forest management techniques adapted to local conditions; consolidate community forest enterprises (CFE); and create a network that shares best practices and advocates for regulations and norms that reflect regional contexts. ERAC will provide technical assistance, training, materials and subgrants to promote sustainable forest management in each region and strengthen CFEs. Some 200 residents of six forest communities will benefit from activities directly and another 10,000 indirectly.

Unión de Productores Orgánicos Beneficio Majomut Sociedad de Producción Rural de Responsabilidad Limitada (MAJOMUT) will undertake activities to improve the quality of coffee production, increase sales of micro-lot coffee in international specialty markets, boost sales of roasted coffee in the domestic market and address coffee rust. The goal will be to double incomes for its 984 members, restoring these to the levels that existed prior to the coffee crisis of 2012-2013, which was caused by the coffee rust fungus. 

Centro Internacional de Capacitación en Cafeticultura y Desarrollo Sustentable, A.C. (CICADES) will work with farmers of the Integradora de Cafés de Especialidad de las Altas Montañas (INCAFESAM) in Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz to strengthen these growers’ competitiveness and sustainability. Project activities will help improve organic coffee production, processing, and sales for specialty export markets and to satisfy domestic demand for roasted coffee. Farmers will use organic fertilizers and learn about techniques to produce high quality fungus-resistant coffee plants. This project will also promote the organizational growth for INCAFESAM and encourage youth participation through training and opportunities in sales and coffee cupping. The grant will benefit 490 people directly and 2,000 indirectly.  

Batsil Antsetik, A.C. (Batsil Antsetik) will collaborate with indigenous women from eight artisan groups in the regions of Los Altos and Los Bosques, Chiapas, to improve their earnings, craft production skills and self-esteem and to foster cultural pride. These communities are home to an impressive textile tradition passed from parents to children. Beyond just an economic activity, weaving is part of local culture and it represents a real artistic phenomenon. The colors and designs used in textiles carry deep significance for each community, for example, shirts, dresses and other traditional clothing. Grant activities include training workshops, quality improvement and design innovation, direct market access, learning exchanges, and organizational strengthening. The grant will benefit 80 Maya-Tsotsil indigenous women directly and 400 people indirectly. 

Magueyal, Sujeto y Comunidad, A.C. (Magueyal) will collaborate with Hñañhu indigenous farmers to improve the livelihoods of their families in seven communities in Cardonal, Hidalgo. Magueyal will mobilize community members to implement action plans and processes for increased organic farming methods. Doing so will allow them to overcome problems like poor soil quality from overuse of chemicals, and help to diversify vegetable production while improving family diet and water quality. Project activities will also help Magueyal improve its organizational and management skills. The grant will benefit about 400 people directly and 800 people indirectly. 

Instituto de Investigación y Práctica Social y Cultural A.C. (IIPSOCULTA) will engage families in the Mexican states of Guerrero, Mexico, Puebla and Tlaxcala to improve livelihoods through the implementation of grassroots development projects that include diaspora investment. The project includes community-led action plans and financing for economic and cultural initiatives through diaspora investment in grassroots development. The grant includes assistance to strengthen IIPSOCULTA’s organizational capacity. The grant will benefit 200 men and women directly and more than 500 family members indirectly.

Red + Posithiva de Quintana Roo A.C. (Redposithiva) will create and implement a pilot training program for young LGBT leaders in Quintana Roo and will raise awareness of the rights of the LGBT community. Grant activities include visits to similar training programs, conducting surveys on the status of LGBT people in Quintana Roo, developing educational materials, and training young leaders who can train others. Trainings will address subjects such as human rights, Mexico’s legal framework that guarantees rights, the LGBT movement in Mexico, stigma, diversity, discrimination, leadership, citizenship, alliance-building and acquisition of popular education techniques and tools. The grant will benefit about 120 LGBT young people.

Universidad Campesina del Sur, A.C. (Unicam-Sur) collaborates with farmer organizations in Morelos and Guerrero to improve their organizational capacity, and their members’ agroecological practices and access to markets, particularly organic and alternative markets known as tianguis.