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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Agricultural Programs, Food, Nutrition

Mission: Puente a la Salud Comunitaria contributes to food sovereignty and advances the health and well-being of rural communities in Mexico by promoting the cultivation, consumption and commercialization of amaranth. We envision a world where families and communities live with dignity and exercise their food sovereignty through the sustainable cultivation, consumption, exchange and commercialization of local healthy food sources. We believe amaranth is a strategic crop for achieving this vision owed to its pertinence with the local customs and adaptation to the local environment.

Target demographics: farmer families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 farmer families

Geographic areas served: rural Oaxaca

Programs: Healthy Families - working with vulnerable mothers with young children to improve nutrition. Eco Amaranth - teaching farmers to plant amaranth using agro-ecological methods, offering them a nutritional, economic, and environmental opportunities. Livelihoods - working with community groups to organize to promote the sale and consumption of amaranth to build strong local economies.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have been working with Puente for several years as an outside consultant and am continually wowed by their work and impact on the communites they partner with. I particularly enjoy the human and "convival" touch of the organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Puente's founders during the NGO's founding years. That was now eleven years ago. The work they have done in that period has been astonishing to watch besides being rewarded with some frequent roles in helping them document and promote their efforts through digital and other means.

'On the ground', 'in the field' and 'getting your hands dirty' are common expressions but also literal ones when it comes to accurately describing Puente's work. The organisation's success in promoting the production and sale of amaranth to help combat nutritional deficencies and economic difficulties in the poorest part of a developing nation must be applauded.

I am proud to remain a close friend to the organisation as well as to its current Executive Director, Peter Noll, a man as indescribably dedicated to his cause as his predecessors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have too much agency as the Executive Director to tilt a bias, but I invite you to visit us. I believe we are doing something special here, especially as we seek to learn together in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I first learned about Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Puente) in 2008 while living in Oaxaca, and since then I have been constantly intrigued, inspired and impressed by the work carried out and the results achieved. I have been volunteering with Puente for five months in the area of communications, and I have experienced firsthand the strong organizational structure and effective participatory approach employed in all aspects of Puente's work. I volunteer with Puente because I believe in the work done and see that the results achieved positively impact partner communities. Puente is a solid organization that I highly respect; I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute.