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Prior to the development of El Sauzal, the 2,000 residents surrounding the mine were isolated, with few roads and no electricity. Jobs were scarce, as were safe water sources, medical services and nutritious food. In partnership with local and national NGO’s, state authorities and local groups, key community needs were identified through baseline studies, and cultural values were woven into each new initiative. Since then, vital infrastructure, health care, education, career training and jobs have been created.

Other grassroots ventures supported by Goldcorp to boost the local economy and family income include entrepreneurial and agricultural enterprises, such as hydroponic farming to optimize crop yields in arid climates and conserve water. Following are just a few of the many enterprising ventures created in El Sauzal communities:

  • Brigada de Salud is an alliance of dental practitioners assembled by Goldcorp and the University of Chihuahua to provide dental care, oral hygiene, preventative treatments and health education. The project’s success spurred a subsequent collaboration with the municipality to train and employ three more local teams focused on health, sports and science to enhance the daily lives of children, adults and seniors alike.
  • Productos Naturales Xitacame is a small botanical business started by a group of women with seed money from Goldcorp. Blending Mexican Tarahumaras and Native American ingredients, the entrepreneurs create hand-made, all-natural soaps and shampoos which are sold locally and regionally. A work pool of 10 to 15 women gather weekly for the opportunity to earn money and independence.
  • Hilos de Oro is a sewing collective supported by Goldcorp, the Technical Studies Institute of Chihuahua, the Mining Development Trust, the Technical University of Monterrey, Computrain, Brother Manufacturing Co. and local government.

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