Chiapas has the highest rate of extreme poverty of any state in Mexico, and its residents, including indigenous Tseltal and Tsotsil groups, experience associated food insecurity, health issues, low formal education rates, and net out-migration. To address this, Amigos de San Cristóbal is drawing from multiple sources — individual residents, community groups, and the public and private sectors — to channel know-how and resources to development projects in the region. It is mobilizing giving circles of individual donors based in the Chiapas highlands, Mexico City and the United States to support long-term development in Chiapas. The grantee will carry out training and technical assistance, two community assessments on issues that affect highland communities, and a campaign to raise awareness about regional challenges related to health, education, and natural resources. Amigos de San Cristóbal will also provide seed funding for community projects addressing those issues.
On the eve of her retirement after 17 years at the IAF, we asked Marcy Kelley to reflect on the lessons she has learned from her four decades of international grassroots development experience. Before joining the IAF, Marcy spent 26 years facilitating grassroots development with organizations including the Peace Corps. Read more ›
Latin American cocoa farmers are reeling from the combined impact of COVID-19 and recent hurricanes. We are teaming up with the Fine Chocolate Industry Association to help them restart their livelihoods and build strong networks.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened pre-existing inequalities experienced by vulnerable groups. Our grantee partners have found that increasing access to technology helps address these issues, connecting people to jobs, education, and social support.