teKio Network Weaver

Award Recipient

The teKio project is based in southern Mexico, in the Cuxtitali district, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, and across broader Chiapas. It emerged in 2022, after the community expressed feelings of isolation, being unable to make urgent or desirable projects happen.

teKio is committed to setting up and nurturing “everyday-life purpose networks”. This includes local networks of people and organisations wanting to work collectively to achieve a rapid, tangible and sustainable impact in their neighbourhoods. This fosters autonomy and improves living conditions for the most vulnerable population in the communities and working-class districts.

The social difficulties characteristic of Chiapas are present within the Cuxtitali district. It is marred by historical structural inequalities: low salaries, low schooling, insecurity, exploitation of its people and resources, institutional abandonment and the presence of narco groups.

The Cuxtitali Ecological Park is a community green space currently in a state of abandonment. It is exposed to drug and alcohol consumption and is at risk of being invaded by criminal groups that have subjugated the city. teKio wants to defend and regenerate the park with structures and activities for sport, agroecology, education and recreation.

In the next five years, teKio sees the park as a place transformed in which:

  • Infrastructures that promote collective participation are implemented.
  • The local economy thrives, with small markets where families can sell agroecological and artisanal products.
  • Activities are offered by the community itself, such as: agroecology workshops, courses of sports, theatre and dance, film screenings, and games for children.
  • Community, Networks
  • 2023
  • Intentional Projects
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Project information

  • Spanish, English
  • asociaciontekio@gmail.com
  • Callejón del Romerillo Mirasol 2 San Cristóbal de Las Casas Chiapas 29230 Mexico