The latest from our Networks at Work series: Several of our community partner organizations are working to stop the rise of gender-based violence in Latin America.
TINKUY 2017, a four-day event brought together indigenous weavers and social enterprises from Peru and around the world.
Bartering, or "trueque," is an ancient cultural practice of the northern Ecuador region and is based on the guiding principles of Andean thought and, therefore, economic solidarity.
In Latin America, women in rural areas are particularly affected by discrimination. They have fewer opportunities to generate their own income and become more financially independent. To address this issue, the Inter-American Foundation with grantee partner Tierra Nueva has been working since 2015 with women in the community Compañia Presidente Franco, in the district of Piribebuy, to implement an organic and agroecological vegetable production system and sell the products through a local farmer’s market.
Our foundation representative for Bolivia shares his experience of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join community, indigenous and local government leaders at UNESCO World Heritage site Tiwanaku for a ceremony to kick off a new IAF-supported project with grantee partner TIERRA. This was a public commitment that all leaders and representatives of the 23 communities that make up the municipality of Tiwanaku agreed to implement the project.
After the recent earthquake, FASOL supported a nascent grassroots organization in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, a town that suffered considerable damage. The group organized the community through the ancestral action of tequio, a way of “giving back," Mexican style. The families coordinated efforts to rebuild homes together, and the approach generated both capacity-building and development.
For chocolate consumers like my cousins and myself, all we usually care about is the final delectable product. But for producers like Carlos, it’s their life.
The Chaco is a cultural hotspot and is the traditional home to over 25 indigenous groups. These groups seek to maintain their communities and cultural identities, but in recent years they have faced daunting challenges.
We checked in with one of the grantee partners from our peace-building cohort in Colombia to see how she is building peace in her territorio. Anunciación Alcalde Vega is a respiratory therapist and runs her own practice with support she receives through our grantee partner Corporación Socioecológica para el Futuro de Bolivar (Ecofuturo).
The social and ecological benefits that spring from local administration of forests — and the way those benefits accrue to communities — offer a window into social capital creation.