The municipality of Tumbalá in Chiapas is a highly marginalized zone. This region also experiences a high migration from adult males that leave in search of better opportunities, leaving communities that are predominantly female. In response to this situation, a group of nine women from Chiapas, who speak the language Chol, decided to launch the proyect Seta Mushroom Production. This project enables them to earn their own income and provide their families with a healthy eatig diet. The project includes the modification of spaces for the appropiate cultuvation of setas, training for the women in the community so that they can take part in the production process, as well as work spaces where talks and workshops are offered to inform women about their rights. The slogan of Las Emprendedoras is “We women do not have limits when we want to grow.”
This organization is conformed by young mayan women from San Antonio Siho and Halacho in Yucatan. Five years ago, they began to produce hand made paper cutouts in order to have an income and create a space where women can learn and become familiar with their rights. Through the project Mayan women producing artesanal paper products, the organization seeks to obtain training for the women in the region in the process of paper cutout production. In addition to this, the organization also seeks to teach them strategies that will enable them to sell their products in local and regional markets. The workshop focuses on gender issues by offering workshops in topics such as leadership, women’s rights, entrepreneurship, and product design.
Sbejel Antsetik Cooperative Society – Chiapas
Sbejel Antsetik is made up of 52 indigenous Mayan Tseltal women from five communities of Guaquitepec, in the municipality of Chilón. Their main activity is the production of corn, bean, and coffee beans for home consumption and local sale. Sbejel Antsetik was created with the objective of offering families basic household goods of better quality avoiding the consumption of junk and canned products that negatively affect the health of those that consume them. In addition, the organization strengthens the participation of women in order to create a strategy of social economy and solidarity within the region, generating employment for the young and the women. Through the project Collective and Productive Economic Autonomy within the Cooperative of Indigenous Tseltal Women in the region of Guaquitepec, women are trained to elaborate and processe products from the region such as chocolate candy with macadamia, chocolate with ajonjolí, cocoa powder, jams, chipotle chilis, escabeche sauce, dried fruits, as well as natural soap and hand-made crafts. Through this training, the organization seeks to improve the health and the economic situation of the women in the community and their families.
Cooperative Society Yachil Yatel Antsetic – Chiapas
Historically, the south of Mexico has always been one of the regions that suffers most from marginalization and poverty. This Cooperative Society is made up of Tzeltal women of 11 communities of the Selva Lacandona that fight for their right to have better health, education, and economic opportunities. With the project Snichimtesel te ya´tel antsetik, Flourishment of women’s work, they seek to promote the organization of women in the region so that they participate actively in the improvement of their soverignity and food security. Through workshops, talks, and reunions, Yachil Yatel Antsetic will open spaces for analysis, sensibilization, and socialization that promote recognition of women's work. The organization hopes to gradually help women acquire greater capabilities for leadership and enable them to assume senior positions in their communities.
Eight Mayan women established this communitarian company dedicated to the production of jams, using local fruits such as pitahaya, papaya and pineapple. This production employs the partners of Ulu’Umil Beh, other women, and the men that cultivate the fruit. The products of the company fulfill all of the conditions of health and sanitation, and have the registered brand PITAHÍ, Mermelades and perserves. With the project Promote the Economic Autonomy of the rural women though the strengthening of community products of the mayan zone, the organization will facilitate awareness raising workshops to the families of the communities so that the importance of women’s work is recognized. Additionaly, these workshops seek to train all members of this social company in strategies of image, communication, and marketing to promote their products in the regional markets.