Tlaola, Puebla, Mexico
2012 - 2013
Leonardo Neve, Diego Vilatela
Angel Valerio, Javier Flores
Partick Lopez, Leonardo Neve
Chilsec is a social project located in one of the poorest towns of Mexico. It responds to the need of the Xasastli Yoliztli Indigenous Women Association of having a space where they can generate added value to the existing products from the region, such as the serrano hot pepper and blackberries. The proposal was to create this production center for the making of gourmet sauces in order to be sold to the end buyer through a fair trade commerce organization.
The cornerstone for the development of this project was the client’s clarity of ideas. From the beginning they wanted a space that reflected their personality in a cooperative setting, while at the same time becoming a development magnet and a source of employment in the region.
The development’s guidelines were sustainability in all of its aspects, functionality, connection to the environment, low cost and community participation in the development. The center currently conforms a model for other cooperatives, as an example that through organization and participation in the community great results can be achieved.