Latin American Studies ETDs

Publication Date



This thesis is an in-depth exploration of the situation of women in the border town of Mezquital, Mexico. The local experiences of women in Mezquital are situated within the larger theoretical debates of economic policy in Latin America, gender, labor and development. The theoretical analysis sets the stage to facilitate a process aimed at assisting the local women of Mezquital in creating alternative income generating opportunities to meet their specific economic needs and to highlight their talents. A participatory research process was implemented that incorporated the underlying assumptions of the gender and development paradigm. This case study is a snapshot of a community in Northern Mexico that is harnessing their strengths and addressing their needs in an effort to think creatively regarding solutions that will produce positive social and economic multipliers in their local community and region.




Mexico, economic development, Participatory planning, community development, cooperatives, microfinance, social business, Gender and Labor

Document Type


Degree Name

Community and Regional Planning

Second Degree Name

Latin American Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

School of Architecture and Planning

Second Department

Latin American Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Tiano, Susan

Second Committee Member

Fontenla, Matias