Our multi-year program began in 2013 when we conducted an appreciative inquiry of local leaders on interest in mobilizing while educating them about a new state law on indigenous rights and culture.

In 2014, 293 women leaders, representing the region’s 60,000 indigenous citizens and four majority indigenous municipalities, launched four unprecedented actions.

In 2015, PSYDEH did that which local partners demanded of us–help them confront three challenges to sustaining progress: (1) inadequate training and legal organization of the five citizen advisory boards, (2) lack of knowledge around their development agenda priorities, and (3) weak regional identity and economic opportunities for women citizens.

In 2016, we continued doing work consistent with partners’ wishes by (1) strengthening skills and knowledge needed to participate in Mexico’s democratic processes, (2) supporting their own local projects and (3) linking them with indigenous policymakers and new national and international friends at events and with cool social media.

In 2017, our strongest fieldwork year-to-date in building out our scalable model, we continued 2016 work strengthening indigenous women’s skills and knowledge around Mexico’s electoral processes, while also launching a new global crowdfunding funded initiative supporting our nascent network of indigenous women-led NGOs.

In 2018, PSYDEH and women partners use Mexican national and global resources to cement progress by:

(A) UNITING women across the Region to share better practices and engage local government on smart sustainable development.

(B) FACILITATING trainings on designing and producing more local projects to innovate solutions to local problems.

(C) STRENGTHENING the organizational skills and strategic planning capacities of women leaders.

(D) COACHING the women’s network member NGOs to grow intelligently while making sustainable impact.

(E) LINKING women leaders with potential partners in the public and private sector, in Mexico and globally.

(F) INCREASING more economic freedom by incubating the Cooperative to sell goods outside the Region and invest a percentage of profits in local projects.