To promote commitment and sustainability, Puente supports and accompanies two community networks. One, Red de Amaranto Mixteca, has been operating for 8 years in the Mixteca Alta and the other, Red de Amaranto Valles Centrales, was formed 9 years ago in the Etla Valley, both under the principles of social & solidarity economies and the principles of agroecology. The networks are made up of producers, microenterprise groups, and consumers, adding value and ownership through collective decision-making regarding amaranth production, transformation, and consumption cycle, and increasing local organization around healthy food systems.
The networks have their own committees that work directly with the Puente teams to develop projects for the agroecological production of amaranth and other crops, elaboration of agroecological inputs (most often called “organic fertilizers”), and the organization of microenterprises that transform amaranth products and commercialize other local, environmentally-friendly products. We work together for self-organization and co-responsibility, ensuring the sustainability of our mission and impact.