Asociación de Mujeres Ixpiyakok

Realizing women’s economic and political rights

Asociación de Mujeres Ixpiyakok / Ixpiyakok Women's Association (ADEMI)
Guatemala | Founded in 1984 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2016

Asociación de Mujeres Ixpiyakok (ADEMI) is a winner of the United Nations Equator Prize, which recognizes local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities. ADEMI works on the following three focus areas:

Agroecology and Local Economic Development

Strengthening agroecological practices of indigenous Mayan women in rural areas to produce food, local and native seeds, and organic fertilizers; to recover natural resources and freshwater sources; and conservation, practice, implementation and replication of ancestral knowledge for food sovereignty. ADEMI is also rescuing indigenous practices for animal husbandry: goats, chicken, turkeys and rabbits that can provide food access for families in the short-term.

The surplus of food production is sold in local markets to generate a minimum income contribution to the household economy. Many of the women are expanding their small businesses by collectively saving 10 to 12 dollars monthly. Being part of a savings group allows women members to support each other, and by providing small loans group pool of funds increases through the reintegration of the interest and so on. This process has now led to the creation of a formal business for selling organic products in the local market.


These are actions towards nutrition and strengthening maternal and child health through the support of midwives and health promoters. This program focuses on mothers, young women, and children under five. Trainings and workshops are provided on preventative health measures, sexual and reproductive health, use and management of traditional medicines, and using food sovereignty as a strategy for nutrition. Methodologies include experiential, demonstrations, practices, accompaniment, and learning exchanges between women and with state and social organizations focused on health.

Political Education

Promotes opportunities for indigenous Mayan women – from adolescence to old age, illiterate, with little access to formal education, of scarce resources – to be engaged in civic and policy spaces where they can build their agency and enforce their political rights as citizens by defining and defending their beliefs and analysis based on their their culture and reality.

Learn more about ADEMI’s work on our blog.