Zinacantán community mobilization
In Chiapas, The Hunger Project works with indigenous Tsotsil women from 29 communities throughout seven municipios (municipalities). Through a partnership with the textile cooperative J’Pas Joloviletik in San Cristobal de las Casas, The Hunger Project gained the trust of the communities and began to expand programming among the villages of members belonging to the cooperative, while strengthening the productive capacity of the cooperative itself. The Hunger Project has advanced a holistic method toward the empowerment of the cooperative members and their communities, through skills development, literacy, nutrition classes, capacity building, leadership development and income-generation. Members of the J’Pas Joloviletik cooperative have brought their catalyst training to their home municipios, of which Zinacantán is one.
Based on the identification of women’s empowerment as key to creating the empowered environment for social transformation, The Hunger Project-México has developed nine programs as part of a holistic strategy to creating self-reliant communities. The programs include mobilization for self-reliant action; catalysts for ending hunger; community economic empowerment; women's leadership; development of municipal governments; participatory local democracy; and advocacy and alliances. Specific activities include income-generating projects for female artisans and farmers, professional skill development workshops, leadership classes, nutrition classes, literacy classes, and self-confidence building workshops. Most importantly, The Hunger Project-México trains volunteer catalysts who, with support from existing local and government institutions, amplify the energy and ambition of local communities to jointly implement trainings and workshops to enhance community-level skills development, mobilizing communities toward long term commitments to positive action.
The Hunger Project has been active in Mexico since 1983. The Hunger Project’s holistic, gender-focused capacity building strategy mobilizes neighboring villages to join together in clusters in order to leverage each community's economic and political power through cooperation and collaboration, fostering partnerships with local governments and creating self-reliant communities. According to The Hunger Project-México’s 4-phase Theory of Change to vibrant, citizen-created municipios (municipalities), dynamic volunteer “catalysts” work in partnership with their communities to facilitate the innovative Vision Commitment and Action Workshops to establish communal assessments of development priorities, design long-term development plans, initiate local campaigns, conduct direct activities such as income generating projects with local women's enterprises, and advocate for access to critical resources. A top priority in The Hunger Project's work is ensuring women's full political, economic and social participation, culminating in effective, participatory, multi-stakeholder local-level planning and program implementation.
Economic Recovery & Development, Education, Environment, Gender, Health, Nutrition
- Economic Recovery and Development