We work on behalf of people living on the streets in Mexico City

The beneficiaries and vendors

Los valedores (the mates)

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    Leidis

    54 years.

    She arrived from Cuba and fell into a street situation

    She found a source of income and a place to live.

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    Erasmo

    67 years.

    He was homeless from a very young age.

    With the help of Mi Valedor’s programmes, he has regained confidence in himself and has left homelessness behind.

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    Juan Manuel

    53 years.

    "I was on the point of becoming homeless".

    “I´ve written a lot for Mi Valedor and I’ve helped my friends to write better too”.

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    José

    64 years.

    When the pandemic started, he lost his job tending to the Alameda gardens.

    Today he sells the magazine and is doing some self-work so he can reconnect with his son. He wants to show him everything he has published in Mi Valedor.

We create an inclusive environment benefitting vulnerable groups

We help vulnerable people (homeless people, migrants, older people and disabled people) re-integrate into the workforce and society, through a bi-monthly magazine, workshops, and healthcare Networks.

With our activities, we aim to create an equal environment benefitting vulnerable groups of people who join the project as Mates (valedores): vendors of the print magazine and creators of its content.

  • We have helped

    +3,000

    homeless people and people who are seriously excluded from society.

  • We have organised

    +520

    training workshops focusing on social skills.

  • Mates

    55

    are now in the phase of employment stabilisation.

Workshops and activities

  • The mates: the beneficiaries of our project
  • The mates: the beneficiaries of our project
  • The valedores selling the magazine in Mexico City
  • The valedores selling the magazine in Mexico City
  • The valedores selling the magazine in Mexico City
  • The valedores selling the magazine in Mexico City
  • The valedores visiting an exhibition in a contemporary art gallery
  • The valedores selling the magazine in Mexico City
  • With us, the valedores can access to health services
  • The valedores during a photo tour
  • one of the many workshops given in our creative center
  • one of the many workshops given in our creative center
  • one of the many workshops given in our creative center
  • one of the many workshops given in our creative center
  • The valedores during a photo tour
  • The valedores selling the magazine in Mexico City
  • A digital workshop given to the valedores

A way to generate a legitimate income

When a new Mate joins the project, they are offered a 40-minute training session and are accompanied on their first trip to sell the magazine. On this first trip, they are given five magazines free of charge. From then on, the Mates buy the magazines for $10 MXN and sell them for $30 MXN each, generating a $20 MXN profit per copy. In this way, if they continue to sell steadily, a Mate can earn between $2000 and $9000 MXN per month.

The beneficiaries and vendors

Los valedores (the mates)

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    José Luis

    70 years.

    “I sell the magazine and keep developing my spirituality”

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    Erasmo

    67 years.

    He was homeless from a very young age.

    With the help of Mi Valedor’s programmes, he has regained confidence in himself and has left homelessness behind.

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    Francisco

    44 years.

    He managed to get clean and find a job.

    Today he runs the Cultural Centre in his town in the State of Mexico, and helps other people struggling with addiction.

  • Campaña de donativos 2020

    Juan Manuel

    53 years.

    "I was on the point of becoming homeless".

    “I´ve written a lot for Mi Valedor and I’ve helped my friends to write better too”.

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Mi Valedor (“My Mate”) is Mexico’s first street magazine to offer self-employment for vulnerable groups (homeless people, migrants, single mothers, differently-abled people, among others). Support the project here.

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