Almost 4 out of 5 Mexicans who belong to an indigenous group live in poverty. The situation is even worse for indigenous women in rural areas, as they are less likely to work in the formal economy and earn a fair income. This project will involve setting up a co-operative for 15 Indigenous women in rural Mexico to enable them to sell traditional textiles, food and preserves to create a sustainable source of income. This will involve business training/mentoring and input from a business consultant to help them test products, access markets and ensure the success of the business. A co-operative will be legally formed, where the women will produce food such as maize snacks, fruit preserves and also textiles.
This project will focus on the use of local fruit and vegetables and recognising traditional methods of production. This will lead to these women gaining economic empowerment and stability that will have a positive impact on the whole community. This will involve provision of the basic raw materials for the women to create from, and a van to enable them to reach larger cities to sell the items there. This project will eventually become self-sustaining as the business takes off and the women are given mentorship to ensure the longevity of the co-operative. This will also ensure they are recognised for their skills and knowledge and benefit their families and communities also.