Semillas is an organization that supports women’s groups and indigenous leaders with the common goal of improving the status of women in Mexico.
Semillas works with women who are seeking social change and justice:
- Indigenous leaders working to prevent maternal mortality
- Domestic employees fighting for legal protection
- Indigenous women running artisan cooperatives
- Factory (maquila) workers fighting for women to earn equal wages
- Indigenous women striving to attain land rights
What makes Semillas unique as a women’s fund is its capacity to invest in social change with more than just economic resources. By building a panorama of skills, knowledge, tools, and networks for its grantee partners, Semillas provides them with a foundation for achieving greater long-term equality and a more just society.
Rather than providing short-term remedies for the conditions of injustice and inequality of women in Mexico, Semillas targets the root causes of these conditions, in an effort to change them. When women identify their own needs, they act together to propose their own solutions to the problems they face. Semillas provides them with the financial resources, training, opportunities and spaces to do just that.
Semillas has been at the forefront of social change in Mexico connecting resources and opportunities with women who have the solutions. Over the last 22 years Semillas has supported more than 600 projects directly benefiting over 500,000 women, and indirectly benefiting an additional 1,700,000 women and children throughout Mexico.