The Asociación Mexicana de Transformación Rural y Urbana A.C (Amextra) was created in 1984 by a group of university students dedicated to finding solutions to the marginalization suffered by thousands of Mexicans. During our 35 years of service, gender equality has become one of our central values. At Amextra, our goal is to help women recognize the skills, talents, and resources they possess that can transform their lives and communities.
Gender violence and inequality in Mexico are problems throughout the nation. The crisis is so widespread that 60% of women report having experienced violence in their lifetime. The income inequality gap is equally grim. Just 43% of women participate in the formal economy, versus 74% of men (UN Women). Disparities in health and education due to gender are also seen in many of the rural and urban communities where Amextra collaborates.
Why your donation matters:
With your support, we will continue serving more than 3,000 women in 4 states of Mexico. Women and girls will learn to read and write, advance in their studies, have access to more diverse foods (produced by them!), increase and diversify their income, restore and protect their environment, and continue recovering from the September 2017 earthquake. Be a part of the transformation of women and girls! Your donation supports:
- TUTORING and HOMEWORK HELP: Make sure girls in Amextra´s communities get the individualized academic attention
they need to excel in school! Classes are provided 6 days per week at Amextra´s
- TEXTILES and LITERACY: Training on color combinations,
product diversification (like sewing on shoes!), and literacy for 40 women
artisans in two states of Mexico.
- DIVERSE and BALANCED NUTRITION: Maintenance of community
and family gardens, chicken coops, and MIAF (Corn Interplanted with Fruit Trees) plots, and also food preparation workshops for women to share health recipes and nutrition tips.
- RESPECT AND RIGHTS OF WOMEN: Reflections for women and men on gender roles in their community and the peaceful resolution of conflicts builds communities where women are valued and respected and conflicts are transformed, not avoided or resolved with aggression.
- FERTILE and UNCONTAMINATED LAND: Crop systems that keep the
land fertile, ecological bathrooms to prevent water contamination, and hygiene
workshops about hand washing and disinfection of foods.
- SMOKE-FREE and HEALTHY LUNGS: Stoves
that burn less wood and direct the smoke outside the home. Women are more affected by respiratory and vision problems associated with current traditional
stoves than men.
- FORTIFIED CONSTRUCTION and DIGNIFIED HOMES:Improvements in women´s homes in two Mexican states, and continuation of construction
of homes for single moms and elderly women after the September 2017 earthquake.
Donate today and contribute to the holistic transformation of more than 3,000 women and girls in Mexico!
Rosa María Cassani
Elda Pérez Peralta
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