Mexico is a powerful emerging economy and its government has generous social programs, yet progress continues to elude a large number of people living in extreme poverty. Some 58 million Mexicans live below the poverty line, and the government has defined 11.7 million as living in extreme poverty and deprivation. This deprivation is concentrated in rural, indigenous communities and particularly among women.
The Hunger Project is playing a leadership role in transforming this situation. We are pioneering comprehensive, bottom-up, women-centered strategies for rural progress in four states in Mexico — including two of the poorest, Chiapas and Oaxaca. Over the past 30 years, The Hunger Project’s experience in Mexico has demonstrated that the most direct and lasting route to sustainable development — to ending hunger — is through the will, commitment and capacity of the people who stand to gain the most when hunger ends: the hungry people themselves.
San Luis Potosí community partners are committed to making their community what they want it to be, and they’ve decided such an endeavor cannot be done alone. But they no longer are depending on partnerships as ways to merely receive aid. They are shaping their partnerships themselves, and are on their way to improving the lives of their families and their whole community.
Traditional stoves in the villages where we work in Mexico fill houses with smoke that the whole family breathes in, creating poor health conditions from poor air quality. Read how The Hunger Project-Mexico is partnering with Water for Humans to improve community health and support environmental sustainability.
The Hunger Project-Mexico attended the First High Level Meeting for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in April. The Global Partnership represents an alliance of over 160 organizations.