Indigeneous Ikojts women in San Dionisio del Mar, Oaxaca, a coastal town in southern Mexico, struggle to gain ownership over land due to unequal gender social norms. Ownership of land helps women to gain economic and patrimonial safety as well as a space to thrive and realize their goals.
This project will support a business cooperative of 14 women to secure a piece of land where they can grow crops, produce preserves, host workshops and run a business. The women have been working on their skills and refining their product offerings for more than a year and are on their way to legally register their cooperative and trade mark, which is named Munik (short name for Muntaj Ikojts, which translates to Ikojts Women).
After an intense year of several capacity-building workshops, the group is now ready to start selling their traditional and sustainable products, from corn-based flat bread to fruit preserves and textiles. The next step in the women of Munik’s business journey is to secure a space to establish their working center. So far, they’ve been working in each other homes and in the town public square, but this feels increasingly unstable given the political and religious context in San Dionisio Del Mar. The purchase of a piece of land and construction of facilities will ensure these entrepreneurial women will have a safe, functional and comfortable space to grow and make their sustainable business thrive.