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GRANTS FOR GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT IN MEXICO

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) awarded $16,837,000 toward grassroots development in 21 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2010. From the hundreds of responses to its call for proposals, the IAF selected 75 for new grants lasting from one to four years. Ten of the successful proposals were submitted by Mexican organizations:

· Voces por la Naturaleza A.C. (SuMar) will use its IAF award to help grassroots groups in the region bordering the Gulf of California design, undertake and evaluate development initiatives compatible with the responsible use of the environment.

· Despertar Maya, Asociación Civil (DEMAAC) will offer Tzolzil, Tzeltal and Ch’ol Mayan beekeepers in Chiapas training and access to working capital toward improving their production of honey certified as organic and fair trade.

· Centro Campesino para el Desarrollo Sustentable A.C. (CAMPESINO) will offer farmers in Tlaxcala access to working capital, loans and training in conservation techniques and related subjects toward improving their income and food supply. It will also support the further development of a community-based business and will construct and equip a storage facility.

· Colectivo de Mujeres Campesinas de la Costa Grande de Guerrero, S.C. (COMUCAM) will offer training and technical assistance to representatives of 22 women-led savings-and-loans associations in communities along the coast of Guerrero. Among the results expected is a 50 percent increase in household savings.
· Tlachinollán Grupo de Apoyo a los Pueblos Indios de la Montaña A.C. (Tlachinollán) will involve Tlapanec and Mixtec Mexicans in Zitlaltepec and Ojo del Agua, state of Guerrero, in initiatives to preserve and manage natural resources and to increase income for forest communities. The project is expected to benefit 1,000 indigenous families.

· Alianza Sierra Madre A.C. (ASMAC) plans to improve the food supply, health, conservation efforts and general quality of life of indigenous residents of Baborigame, Choreachi and Coloradas de la Virgen in the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua. Activities will include the diversification of agriculture, introduction of alternative farming methods, construction of infrastructure for water conservation and distribution, soil conservation, support for the women’s initiatives, and training.

· Consejo Civil Mexicano para la Silvicultura Sostenible A.C. (CCMSS) will work with 11 communities in the Amanalco-Valle del Bravo region as well as with representatives of nongovernmental organizations and government on the operation of a structure to pay farmers for environmental services.

· Comercializadora Agroforestal del Istmo S.P.R. de R.I. (CAI) invest its IAF award toward improving the food supply and income of 120 Mexicans of Mixe, Zapotec, Mixtec and African descent living in the isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. CAI will build greenhouses and provide training, technical assistance and other support to families using bio-intensive methods to grow vegetables for consumption and sale.

· Fundación Comunitaria Malinalco A.C. (FCM) will expand its programs supporting the economic initiatives of women and young people and will collaborate in efforts to protect the environment through recycling and composting, fire prevention and control, reforestation and organic agriculture. The project is expected to directly benefit 685 residents of the municipality of Malinalco, state of Mexico, and impact another 12,000 residents indirectly.

· Red para el Desarrollo Rural Sustentable, A.C. (RedCampo) will work with representatives of 20 of its member groups to develop a marketing strategy and a business plan and train farmers in 11 Mexican states.
Additionally, a Mexican grantee from 2006 received supplemental funding. IAF grants to Mexican organizations now number 370; the IAF’s investment in Mexico has totaled $57,802,000 over 38 years.

The Inter-American Foundation, a foreign assistance agency of the United States government, responds to proposals for self-help development projects from grassroots groups in Latin America and the Caribbean and the organizations that support them. Since beginning operations in 1972, the IAF has made over 4,900 grants for more than $665 million. Together, the IAF and its grantees have worked to improve the conditions of hundreds of thousands of families in communities throughout the hemisphere.

For more on the IAF, log onto www.iaf.gov.
For more details, call 703-306-4357 or e-mail pdurbin@iaf.gov.

 


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