Fondo Semillas is a non-profit feminist organization focused on improving women’s and trans* people lives in Mexico. We dream of a country where all women, indigenous, mestiza, black, young, migrant, heterosexual, lesbian, mothers, and students alike, can make their own decisions and have access to health services, education, a decent job, justice, and happiness.
To achieve this, Fondo Semillas:
- Mobilizes resources from institutional, corporate and individual donors, both in México and abroad
- Works together with groups and organizations, providing them with financial resources, strengthening their capacities, and connecting them with other organizations, networks, and movements.
- Promotes and disseminates themes of the feminist agenda.
- Seeks to help organizations to carry out their work freely and safely, with a feminist perspective, even during emergencies.
- Establishes horizontal relationships with donors in order to achieve redistributive justice.
Throughout the past 30 years, Fondo Semillas has supported 1,186 organizations, directly benefiting more than 883 thousand women and trans* people, and 3.1 million more people indirectly.
Examples of the groups Fondo Semillas supports:
- Midwives who work to prevent maternal mortality rates and obstetric violence
- Maquila women workers who fight sexual harassment and unfair salaries
- Indigenous and rural women who defend their right to own land
- Domestic workers who seek to make their line of work just as acknowledged and respected as any other
- Indigenous women cooperatives that develop sustainable projects
- Young women focused on eradicating discrimination and gender based violence
Instead of providing a short-term solution to the conditions of injustice and inequality women face, Fondo Semillas works to structurally fight these issues in order to modify them.
Organized women themselves identify the problems they face and propose solutions. Fondo Semillas provides them with economic resources, capacity building, accompaniment, and alliance building, particularly regarding key actors, such as donors and strategic network building in order to position their work.