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San Miguel Mitontic

“Saint Michael from Mitontic”

Location: Ixtapa, Chiapas, Mexico

Size: 268 acres

Population: 36 families (156 families in entire community)

established: 2005

Ended Agros Support: 2010

In 1989 several families were expelled from Mitontic due to religious conflict, forcing the majority of the group to live in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. In 1994 they began the process of finding land and becoming an ejido.* Once they were recognized as an ejido by the Mexican government in 2000, each family received close to 15 acres of communally-owned land.

The village currently makes good use of their health center, school and two churches. They also greatly benefit from a basic irrigation system constructed on their land. The families had received help from the government and other organizations to start various projects, but without the necessary planning and training to make any of them sustainable. Their vision is for family and community unity and the ability to offer their children a better life.

* An ejido is a community of indigenous people in Mexico who receive land from the government, which is then communally owned.