Our multi-year program made up of contiguous projects began making impact in 2013 when our legal education and community-organizing work achieved a collective decision by indigenous leaders to join forces to sustainably develop their communities.

2014 training on rights, leader skills and autonomy led to indigenous women launching four unprecedented region-wide initiatives: (1) the first of a series of regional public forums, (2) the framework for a women’s development agenda, (3) the first women-led NGO, and (4) a cooperative of women artisans.

From 2015-2017, PSYDEH and women used interrelated projects to legalize the regional NGO and Cooperative and create four new local NGOs (Women’s Network), each of whom is in the middle of an NGO incubation initiative ending with each NGO possessing that which it needs to produce its projects.

Women have linked with 17 pilot projects addressing such issues as effective use of rainwater-capture systems and clean-burning stoves.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Forums united 700+ women with friends from around the Mexican republic and world on issues like how to make their unprecedented Development Agenda actionable and why women must lead in civic life and fight against political violence.

Women also link with national universities, critique local government development plans, run for public office, and promote their work in photography while selling their goods nationally.