El Jacalito

El Jacalito is a project on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The project as described by its creator, Quetzal Tzab, an Indigenous Activist:

Unlike anything else on Isla Mujeres, “Kakaw Café, El Jacalito: All Under One Roof” would support a range of causes including human rights, indigenous people’s rights, sustainable tourism and sustainable development. It would offer solutions for community issues, and promote the cultural richness of ancient

Mexico through the café’s drinks, food and music. The center would promote health and wellbeing through workshops where academics, politicians, students, organizations and residents can exchange ideas and learn from one another other.

General Objective

To create “Kakaw Cafe El Jacalito: All Under One Roof,” a cultural and intercultural space where knowledge can be exchanged to promote the sustainable development of the community, particularly among young people, single mothers and the elderly.

Specific Objectives

  1. Promote Mexican cacao, highlighting its origin and history. We will offer ancient Mexican beverages such as Mexican coffee and Tezcalate, drinks that support the economic success of small sustainable farmers in Chiapas and Veracruz.
  2. Advocate for renewable energy, promoting the use of photovoltaic systems to power homes and the tourism industry.
  3. Advance environmental education and awareness, spread awareness about the natural resources on the Island, and promote sustainable practices like the use of bicycles.
  4. Support the local economy by training single young mothers to be tourist guides. They can share the cultural history of Isla Mujeres and show tourists its hidden treasures. Among them: the culturally-rich restaurants located outside common tourism areas, coconut plantations, Island trova music, hidden halls in the center of the city, our Mayan past, and the beautiful sunrise.
  5. Serve as a platform where traditional knowledge can be disseminated to the community. Sponsor workshops and programs focused on human rights, particularly women’s empowerment, Indigenous Peoples and the intercultural exchange in the community.
  6. Support the local economy by promoting products sourced from nearby producers, including family-owned, small farms and craftsmen.

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