Edited by Léo-Paul Dana and Robert B. Anderson
Chapter 32: ‘La Iguana Sana’: An Aboriginal Entrepreneurial Endeavour in the Mexican State of Chiapas
José Ramón Torres and Robert B. Anderson Introduction Currently one of the most common topics in the political discourse in Mexico is a national concern about Indigenous matters. The current strength of this discourse can be traced to events in Chiapas in January 1994. Not only did this armed conﬂict raise Indigenous issues to national prominence in Mexico, it also attracted a good deal of international attention from civil sector organizations and social analysts. In spite of this attention the sources of the conﬂict have not been resolved. In 2005, in spite of the rich resources of Chiapas, the aboriginal population still lives in extreme poverty and, associated with this, poor health and low levels of education. In spite of their impoverished circumstances the cultural inheritance of the Maya people, with its magniﬁcent past, remains strong. Like aboriginal people elsewhere in North America and Indigenous people in other parts of the world (Anderson et al., 2005), the Maya in Chiapas are seeking to rebuild their communities and improve their socioeconomic circumstances in a manner that is consistent with their culture, values and practices. That is precisely the reason why one has to celebrate any attempt to improve the quality of life of this people, especially when the eﬀorts are pointing to reasonable economic goals implying sustainable solutions, as is the case of Centro de Agroecología San Francisco de Asís A.C. (CASFA), herein called the Iguana Sana Case. Chiapas The 75 334 square kilometres...
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