At Philanthropiece, how we do our work is as important as what we accomplish. We are committed to serving defined needs in local and global communities, to emphasizing our values in all that we do, and to engaging with diverse individuals and communities.
We enter with humility and an openness to learn. Cultivating relationships allows us to understand the power, as well as the needs, of an individual or a community. In this phase of our approach, we build relationships over coffee and participation, we grow our understanding of a theme or an issue via research and dialogue, we show up and stand alongside those whom we hope to accompany, and we offer initial resources.
We believe in the power of an individual or small group to make big change. And we know that at times all that is needed is a spark, a supportive hand, or a few nudges to create it. In our co-creating state, collaboratively design a working agreement and commit to dedication of time and resources to develop the mission, approach, strategy, and sustainability plan of an organization, initiative, or movement.
That’s where the Tampon Project comes in! This project was kick-started when the group noticed a prevalent issue at their school - a lack of feminine hygiene products in our bathrooms. The project goals are to provide pads and tampons and to start a conversation to eliminate the stigma about periods. Philanthropiece is honored to work alongside Malakia and Sarah, as well as the members of the Women’s Empowerment Club, to support in the development of their design, strategy, and sustainability plan. Youth changemakers inspire us!
A CSG is a group consisting of about 10-25 people who know and trust each other, and meet regularly to save money. The group also has an opportunity to issue small loans to one another with terms and interest rates that are decided upon by the group and included in a written agreement. A CSG liquidates after an agreed upon period of time; at this share-out each member receives the money they personally saved as well as a share of the interest (if applicable) that they have earned as a group. They then begin a new cycle.
Since 2010, Philanthropiece has honed a culturally appropriate methodology and applied it to train community members in Mexico on how to form and implement CSGs. To date, over 1850 people in Baja California Sur, Baja California Norte, and Puebla are saving as a result of our CSG program. Now it’s time to bring it to our own backyard.