Juana Vaquero Palma harvests maguey stalk in the Mezquital Valley some 50 miles north of Mexico City. She is a member of Ya Muntsi Behña (Women Gathering), a cooperative of 250 indigenous women creating fair trade products. Ya Muntsi Behña is part of a network organized by IAF grantee partner Ñepi Behña (Women of Dignity) in Mexico.
A group of people from 18 Colombian organizations gathered to consider how to advance peace in their communities.
In Nicaragua, Guadalupe Rivera Orupia owns a shoe factory that was started using a loan from former IAF grantee partner, Fondo de Desarrollo para la Mujer (FODEM).
Yensi Santamaría works with an agricultural cooperative in Santa Marta, El Salvador that was among the first organizations to benefit from Fundación para la Educación Social, Económico y Cultural (FUPEC) support for Salvadoran hometown associations (HTAs) in the U.S.
Instituto Palmares de Direitos Humanos (IPDH) provides training programs for entrepreneurs such as clothes designer Josina Maria da Cunha, to expand her small business in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Former IAF grantee partner Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Talamanca (APPTA) grows disease resistant cacao trees on its demonstration farm in the Talamanca region on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast.