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Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas

Off the greed: Returning to just and sustainable local economies

Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas
Social Economic Development of Indigenous Mexicans (DESMI)

Mexico | Founded in 1969 | Thousand Currents Partner since 1992

Social Economic Development of Indigenous Mexicans (DESMI) strengthens community processes of Indigenous Peoples in the Northern, Southern and Highland regions of Chiapas in defense and care of Mother Earth and its territory. 

DESMI is devoted to the construction of Lekil Kuxlejal-Ich’el ta muk’ (Buen Vivir) and to the autonomy of peasant farmer communities as an alternative to the capitalist system. This is done within the Solidarity Economy framework, which emphasizes a women’s rights lens and incorporates agroecological and ethno-veterinary practices to achieve food sovereignty as a key aspect of self-determination.

DESMI brings communities together as a fundamental basis for collective work. These collectives are spaces for mutual learning and service to the community that put democratic participation into practice for the exercise of people’s rights. It also involves generating systems of production, distribution, and responsible consumption based on social justice, ecological justice, and solidarity. Thus, solidarity economy is a fundamental part of the construction of the Lekil Kuxlejal-Ich’el ta muk’.  

 Learn more about DESMI’s work on our blog.