Chiapas, Mexico

Zinacantán is a Tzotzil Mayan village in the mountains just outside the colonial city of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Zinacantán’s primary sources of income are agricultural and artisanal textiles. Families in Zinacantán work together to keep their children in school and to stay rooted in their beautiful mountain homeland.

Our educational and economic programs are deeply immersed in the local communities and help students and artisans create more opportunities for themselves.

Natik’s partners in Chiapas

Getting to know the area

Population of Chiapas (2010): 4,796,580
Percent of the population that speaks an indigenous language (2000): 25%
Literacy rate (2010): Chiapas – Women: 78%, Men: 87%; Mexico – Women: 91%, Men: 94%
Average grade level attained (2010): Chiapas – 6.7; Mexico – 8.6

In Mexico, the wealthiest 10% of the population holds 41% of the wealth, while the poorest 10% holds 2% of the wealth (2008)