El Hombre Sobre La Tierra (HST)

Context: Rural Mayan communities across Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula face high rates of poverty and unemployment, and young women in particular struggle to achieve self-sufficiency amidst pressure to drop out of school and marry in their adolescence.

Organization: El Hombre Sobre la Tierra (HST) was established in 1997 to help Mayan communities (and Mayan women in particular) achieve greater self-sufficiency through adopting sustainable farming techniques, sparking micro-industries based on traditional crafts and community assets, and developing local production collectives to meet local demand for goods and services.

Current Grant: EMpower’s sixth grant to HST provides general support for the organization’s goals from 2015-2016, which include the development of a new strategic plan, a new plan for fundraising, following up with past participants, and the implementation of a new program featuring theater workshops for a new group of young participants.

Mexico Contact: Angela Petruso Contact Email: info@elhombresobrelatierra.org Year Established: 1997