Eastern Otomís in Huehuetla are agriculturalists and grow traditional subsistence crops of maize, beans, and chiles. Many Otomís also cultivate coffee and sugar cane and/or leave their villages to labor in the major cities, or migrate to the United States.
The Region’s indigenous municipalities—Huehuetla, San Bartolo Tutotepec, Tenango de Doria y Acaxochitlán—confront many challenges including: (1) high marginalization, (2) subsistence economics and (3) gender inequality and a culture of violence.
Indigenous women suggest many solutions in their Citizen Agenda, including:
– Disseminate more and better information to citizens on political candidates and their work plans and policy platforms.
– Produce workshops on smart leader disciplines needed to organize citizens to drive sustainable development of their communities, or when and how to invite and incorporate youth opinions, or better information on elaborating proposals.
– Develop projects to prevent disease and sickness in communities, or manage spaces in which youth will learn their rights and avoid violence, pregnancies and drugs or promote increased attendance in medical workshops.