Autonomy Increases Access to Resources and Livelihoods for THP-Mexico Partners in 2012

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Update to the Global Board

October 2012

During this reporting period THP-Mexico completed more than 184 grassroots activities, with a total of 2,122 participants of whom 78.6 percent were female. THP-Mexico is encouraging both personal and collective autonomy, which allows community partners to rely less on direct government transactions and increase their skills for self-negotiation, income generation and the improvement of the quality of their lives. Three examples of this during the period were: (1) in Zacatecas the women who run the poultry farm negotiated with a construction company for the donation of equipment that will allow them to produce their own poultry feed; (2) in Oaxaca partners from Rancho Pineda celebrated meetings without our intervention; and (3) members of the cooperative in Chiapas carried out their second general assembly, which was organized by them for the first time, at which they renewed the members of the Council in a democratic process (after 30 years ruled by the same Council).
 
In addition, advocacy efforts have been reinforced through THP-Mexico’s membership in the Consultative Technical Council for the Law that Fosters Civil Society Organizations’ Activities and active presence during the G-20 Summit. These actions have had an important impact on our social media presence, which increased substantially during the second quarter of the year, especially on Twitter. We increased the number of followers by 19% from April to June.
 
THP-Mexico worked during this period with grassroots partners from 22 communities of nine municipalities in three states:
  • Mazateca region in the state of Oaxaca
  • Highlands Region of the state of Chiapas
  • Rural communities in one municipality in the state of Zacatecas
 
During the past reporting period, THP-Mexico made a strategic decision to withdraw from the region of Mixteca, Oaxaca. Thanks to lessons learned from experiences in other communities, THP-Mexico decided to initiate a new community mobilization process with la Mixteca, after four years of working there. The new community mobilization effort; unfortunately, was not successful. The consequences of previous mobilization efforts (particularly the unfinished epicenter) and the expectations generated through these initial efforts affected the confidence of the community in the new process, making it unviable to work in the region.