Representatives of the Comparte network held their annual regional meeting in Mexico, from June 7 to 11, 2019. Comparte (meaning “share”) is an alternative learning and economic development support network in Latin America. Delegates to the regional meeting came from 12 Jesuit social centres and from grassroots producing communities, the Jesuit Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL), universities, foundations and partner organizations. Altogether there were 60 delegates from 9 Latin American countries, as well as Kenya, Spain, the United States and Canada.
The first part of the regional meeting was held in Guadalajara, Mexico. It looked at ways to include the most vulnerable people in sustainable economic development. Participants then travelled to the Bachajón district of Chiapas, Mexico, where they took part in working sessions and visited four Indigenous communities where organic coffee and honey are produced.
Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) was represented at the Comparte network meetings by International Programs Coordinator Mercedes Arango-Vasquez and Executive Director Jenny Cafiso.