Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Puebla are three of the poorest states in Mexico and are home to much of the country's indigenous population. 75% of indigenous families in Mexico live in extreme poverty. Their communities are often marginalized within mainstream Mexican culture. The extreme poverty has also resulted from farmers migrating to find work to provide for their families. Women are often left behind to take care of children and household needs on their own. In response, Plant With Purpose's local partner, Misión Integral, assists families to prosper without migrating. Families in rural communities are learning to plant vegetable gardens to increase their food production and incomes. Growth allows parents to provide nutritious meals and to send children to school. Parents can also pay for health care, and cover the costs of household necessities. Families are also learning to create a financial safety net in savings groups. Church mobilization programs equip local congregations to lead community change.
Activities include training for rural farmers in sustainable techniques such as organic fertilizers, agroforestry, reforestation efforts, soil conservation, family gardens, and rainwater harvesting. Support is also provided for savings-led microfinance groups, and building of church leadership.
environment, community development
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene