= a participatory process in which individuals identify community needs
and organize themselves to take the actions necessary to improve the quality of life.
It is not a linear process but "caracol de desarrollo"
or snail of development that advances and retreats both individually and collectively...
Slow and inclusive, intergrated community development values patience, persistence, and respect
and helps build paths to self-reliance for an interdependent world.
History and Philosophy
Since 1975, Via has served sustainabilty and well-being initiatives supporting local community members to teach nutrition, develop family gardens and address environmental issues. As mothers in the programs gained knowledge, they realized that they often had no income to support the family. Micro-credit loans became an avenue to enhance family income and build community through solidarity loan groups. Other program participants worked with the organization to develop a university-credentialed leadership education program or develop educational travel programs integrating and educating student visitors in community sustainability efforts.
To sponsor a promotora or fund a community scholarship,click here.
Via Minnesota is growing!
Via International is celebrating the successful launch of community development initiatives in the United States through the establishment of Via Minnesota. Via Promotoras from Mexico facilitated a three-day training for immigrant women in nutrition and ecology, community organizing and leadership, and micro-credit and microenterprise development at the Northwest Integration School District's Brooklyn Center.
Other ongoing intiatives include the establishment of a successful community garden and a launch event for the publication of a new book featuring a collection of immigrant interviews by Attorney Laura Danielson called "Green Card Stories." Learn More or Purchase a Copy of the Book
(when purchasing online, make a note in the shipping instructions to allocate a donation to Via International)
Partnerships for Community Development
Via International continues to support its community of origin in the US/Mexico border region while expanding through partnerships to enhance complementary programs in other regions of the world.
- IIIS International Institute of Indigenous Sciences and TNAFA Traditional Native American Farmer's Association
- Los Niños de Baja California, A.C. - Mexico
- Kilo de Ayuda - Mexico
- SHARE de Guatemala - Guatemala
- Centro Communitario, Univesidad Ibero-Americana - Mexico
- Simon Fraser University - Canada