Fondo Semillas is happy to announce that we have selected the projects for the “Women Rebuilding their Communities” Fund, in which groups led by women will carry out efforts over the course of 18 months to contribute to the recovery of communities affected by the earthquakes of September 2017.

We received 85 proposals from nine states of the Republic, and analyzed them through a rigorous selection process consisting of three phases. In Phase 1, we thoroughly reviewed each project to ensure that it met the requirements set forth in the call for proposals. From there, the eligible groups advanced to Phase 2, where we consulted specialists, representatives from civil society organizations, and activists who are working in the affected regions. Each of these participants evaluated eight to nine proposals and issued recommendations that were presented in a session of the Technical Council. In Phase 3, the Executive Committee, composed of Fondo Semillas Board Members and part of the operational team, analyzed those recommendations and examined all of the aspects of each application. Finally, the decision was made to grant funds to 25 organizations, groups, and collectives.

The chosen groups are listed below:

Organization Title of the project State
06600 Plataforma Vecinal y Observatorio de la Colonia Juárez [06600 Neighborhood Platform and Observatory of Colonia Juárez] Colonia Juárez 06600: Women empowering women Mexico City
Acciones para la Justicia y la Igualdad [Action for Justice and Equality] (AGIJ) Creating networks. Training promoters of psycho-emotional accompaniment to women affected by the earthquake of September 27, 2017 in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec Oaxaca
Alianza Cívica Pinotepa Nacional AC [Pinotepa Nacional Civic Alliance] Rebuilding our lives, to strengthen ourselves as women Oaxaca
Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio [Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Defense of Land and Territory] (APIIDTT) Strengthening food sovereignty, rebuilding the local economy and community organizational processes of women in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec after the earthquakes Oaxaca
Asociación Estatal de Mujeres Indígenas y Campesinas Xasasti Yolistli AC [State Association of Indigenous and Farmer Women Xasasti Yolistli AC] Women of Santa Ana and Jolalpan, Puebla in a self-managed process of reconstruction Puebla
Binni Biaani AC Resilient Women Oaxaca
Casa x Casa x Morelos [House by House for Morelos] Weaving community among women: Community Center for Women – SOAME Loom Workshop Morelos
Centro de Acción para el Desarrollo CODICE [Development Action Center CODICE] Mixe women joining forces, rebuilding life Oaxaca
Centro de Asesoría para el Desarrollo Indígena AC [Advisory Center for Indigenous Development] It is seen and it is felt: Feminist response strategies to earthquakes Puebla
Centro para los Derechos de la Mujer Nääxwiin AC [Näaxwiin Women Rights Center] Building civic participation of the women of Río Pachiñé and rebuilding their homes Oaxaca
Comité de Mujeres de la Asamblea del Pueblo de San Dionisio del Mar [Women’s Committee of the People’s Assembly of San Dionisio del Mar] Reconstruction of traditional tortilla chip ovens and construction of solar stoves in San Dionisio del Mar Oaxaca
Comité Ixtepecano en la Defensa de la Vida y el Territorio [Ixtepecano Committee in the Defense of Life and Territory] Biaza gunaa ndani gueza [Women, stand up among the willows] Oaxaca
Consorcio de Mujeres y Muxhe Mujeres para la Reconstrucción Social, Económica y Cultural del Istmo de Tehuantepec [Consortium of Women and Muxhe Women for the Social, Economic and Cultural Reconstruction of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec] Weaving our lives; towards the economic reactivation of women and muxhe women in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Oaxaca
El sueño de Huejotengo [Huejotengo’s dream] Huejotengo’s dream Morelos
Escuela para Defensoras en Derechos Humanos y Ambientales Benita Galeana AC. [Benita Galeana School for Defenders of Human and Environmental Rights] Women and reconstruction with land, as a way of inhabiting hope Guerrero
Monbasüik (Personas que se transforman) [People who Transform] Ikoots women walking in the holistic and dignified reconstruction of the town Oaxaca
Mujeres de la Tierra y el Sol [Women of the Land and Sun] Women rising from the land and the sun Puebla
Mujeres de Pie de San Gregorio Atlapulco [Women standing up for San Gregorio Atlapulco] Union of women reactivating the economy Mexico City
Mujeres Luchando por la Autonomía AC [Women Fighting for Autonomy] Reconstruction of tortilla chip ovens and bread ovens Oaxaca
Mujeres Pescadoras del Manglar SC de CV de RL [Fisherwomen of Manglar] Fisherwomen in action to recover our livelihoods Oaxaca
Mujeres por la Reactivación Económica de Jojutla [Women for the Economic Reactivation of Jojutla] Crafts that leave a mark Morelos
Una Mano para Oaxaca [A Helping Hand for Oaxaca] Program of economic revitalization in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec Oaxaca
Unión de Pueblos de Morelos AC [Morelos Villages Union] Rebuilding the cracks of the earthquake through the reconstruction of the social fabric of the community and the promotion of human rights for women from affected rural communities. Morelos
Xochimilcas Disidentes [Dissident Xochimilcas] Communal reconstruction of Xochimilco Mexico City
Xochiteopan en Pie [Xochiteopan Standing up] Women Working Puebla

The selected groups will be contacted by the “Women Rebuilding their Communities” team to send the necessary documentation. The projects will begin in July 2018.

We thank all the people who participated in the process, including our donors, allies, and the members of the Technical Council who accompanied us in the review and evaluation of the proposals.