Ineffective government and the Region’s remote location obstruct modern communication and the exchange of information and ideas. Women thus wrestle with deprivations of knowledge, nutrition and health, property ownership (especially land and housing) and time.
- The birth rate is 3.3 children per woman. Like Chiapas and other rural regions in Mexico, expectant mothers face excessive health risks when giving birth.
- Husbands prohibit women from joining and continuing work with our Network.
- The Region, like Mexico, has high rates of child mothers and thus many girls drop out of school at a young age.
- Average daily home-to-school transportation costs are $40 pesos. This is $200 pesos per week, $800 pesos per month, which is roughly ½ of the $1,615MX (or $80USD) monthly rural income poverty threshold in a Region where up to 86% of people earn this amount or less.
Investment in road and power infrastructure as well as education is limited in scope and size. As a result:
• 0.10% of homes report having a computer.
• 100% of homes report having sporadic access to electricity and limited access to the Internet.
• A minimum of 30% of women are illiterate. We say “minimum” because the majority of women partners struggle to read in our workshops.
• The female average achieved grade level is 3.9.