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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: