In Mexico, Plant With Purpose’s local partner Misión Integral is transforming the lives of rural farming families through environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. Misión Integral works in partnership with nearly 80 indigenous communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas, two of the poorest states in Mexico. Misión Integral’s integrated program uses a variety of environmentally sustainable, income-generating activities to benefit farmers including increasing crop diversity, implementing agroforestry techniques, utilizing greenhouses, and planting more than 730,000 trees to date. Misión Integral partners with 16 local churches teaching value workshops and environmental stewardship. More than 65 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) have accumulated a combined member equity of over $60,000. VSLAs enable members to avoid exorbitant interest rates, save money, send their children to school, and invest in their families’ futures.
Activities include training for rural farmers in sustainable techniques such as organic fertilizers, agroforestry, reforestation efforts, soil conservation, family gardens, and rainwater harvesting. Support is also provided for savings-led microfinance groups, and building of church leadership.
environment, community development
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene