Bringing communities together to build local living economies
Educación para la Paz (EduPaz) supports grassroots groups, with equal participation of men and women, to carry out activities related to food production and economic resources. They use agroecological practices to advance food sovereignty and improve community health, building a solidarity economy model with full human development in communities in six municipalities along the border region of Chiapas.
EduPaz’s Vision is to work with 60 groups of 6-10 members living in six municipalities along the border region of Chiapas. By 2020, these groups will be organized and conscientized, practicing gender equity, having advanced a model of food sovereignty and solidarity-based human development.
An alternative view of programs
The economy, in the capitalist system that we suffer, is structured to concentrate the world’s wealth in a few hands and thus, creates large-scale poverty. Money and power manipulate information, technology and culture, imposing their ideology and worldview. This system encourages fierce competition, individualism, and corruption.
EduPaz looks for economic alternatives with goals of meeting the vital needs of all people, and not to gain profit without any consideration for humanity. In its almost two decades of experience, EduPaz’s work has been guided towards building a people-led, solidarity economy-based model with indigenous and peasant farming communities. EduPaz accompanies 30 indigenous and peasant groups in 18 communities in Chiapas, taking the following steps to:
- Make their own decisions through their own collective process.
- Propose some viable production-based activities.
- Request and investing a small loan to start these activities.
- Value their own work.
- Learn how to better manage their resources for food self-sufficiency.
- Prioritize women’s participation in groups and the community, building self-esteem.
- Build awareness and caring for the land and ecology, living in harmony with nature.
- Learn to organize collectively and help each other.
- Exchange knowledge and experience between groups and communities.
- Be inclusive with others.
- Understand the need to defend territory against foreign companies.
- Meet periodically to evaluate and improve their performance.
- Build mechanisms to access other types of resources and sell their food excess in other local markets.
- Create a common fund for building economic autonomy.
- Liaise with other entities for collaborative efforts.
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