♣ Non-Profit organizations

"♣": Estrategias específicas empleadas por los estudios de caso para incrementar su nivel de auto-sustentabilidad.Pueden estar en inglés o español. Por favor usa el traductor del menú lateral 

"♣": Specific strategies used by the case studies to increase their degree of self-sustainability.They might be in English or in Spanish. Please use the side menu translator
  • In 2006, a group of these migrants founded [This/the initiative]. This non-governmental organization created a toll-free hotline service that migrants from the cities of Beijing, Wuhan and Suzhou can call to request counseling in urgent and immediate situations — eg. help to get a job, to resolve legal disputes with their contractors, to defend their social and political rights, to solve health problems, etc. [This/the initiative] offers this advice thanks to the collaboration of a staff of around 10 people and more than 300 volunteers, all of them ex-migrants.

  • The profits generated by the courses described above are shared among the instructors and the civil association that runs the farm and whose governing board, it should be mentioned, approves and monitors the projects proposed by the volunteers on a case-by-case basis. Even if constituted as a non-profit organization, the initiative was forced a few years ago to change its strategy of financial self-sustainability based on donations because they were tedious and difficult to obtain. Instead, it formulated mechanisms to diversify its sources of income: Sustainable development courses were prepared with a duration of 4 weeks (how to take care of the forest, animal handling, etc). The program of teaching Spanish for foreigners was created. The visit of schools and tourists was encouraged. Organizations and companies were invited to make their retreats on the farm. The production of local inputs (milk, eggs, etc.) was stimulated. Ways were looked for to take advantage of local resources (eg use of the fertilizer of the animals for the maintenance of the orchards). Bio-construction techniques were learned, which allowed to save some expenses, etc. Today, according to one of the current leaders of the initiative interviewed, the profits generated by the courses, added to the quotas contributed by the volunteers and tourists to cover the expenses of their stay, are enough to keep the project afloat.

    La asociación paralela a [Esta/la iniciativa],[Esta/la iniciativa] A.C., acaba de recibir en concesión 300 hectáreas de las barrancas de Las Águilas y Tarango por treinta años a cambio de regenerarlas.