Latin America


Mexico is one of the priority countries in the DGRV’s project work in Latin America. The marginalized population in Mexico, which is to be given access to the formal economy through cooperatives, is mostly found in rural areas.

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That is why the project activities are concentrated in the rural and suburban regions of the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Michoacán and Jalisco. In addition to the micro and small producers, MSMEs as members of the cooperatives are also (indirectly) fostered by the project. Through the support of a women rural association, or the youth committees of the cooperative sector, members of cooperatives, or other cooperation models also directly benefit from our project.

Through consultative and advisory services, and the use of tools and training, savings and credit cooperatives, agricultural cooperatives and the creation and development of energy cooperatives are specifically promoted.

At a regional and national level, DGRV collaborates with the cooperative confederations CONFECOOP, CONCAMEX, and the association of agricultural marketing companies, ANEC, in structured advisory programs. Within (the framework of) these collaborative efforts, the aforementioned associations are strengthened institutionally and thus also their cooperative structures, which (indirectly) contributes to the financial and economic inclusion of marginalized sectors of the population.

A sector concept is being developed with the counterparts to foster the promotion of sustainable production and sustainable financing by cooperatives. The basis for this are study tours and the creation of technical and expert guidelines. In addition, training for the staff members of the Auxiliary Supervision and the Protection Fund (FOCOOP) are being offered, which is expected to contribute to a more efficient and risk-oriented supervision for the sector.

In order to protect the savings of the members of the savings and credit cooperatives, DGRV in Mexico is in close contact with the banking supervisor CNBV. In addition, DGRV provides advice to the relevant ministries and to the subordinate national authorities, such as INAES, the Institute for the Promotion of the Social Economy and the national development banks, for questions on legal framework conditions and support programs for cooperatives.
Energy cooperatives do not yet exist in Mexico. However, the energy sector is in transition and at the same time the interest and willingness of the Mexican population to participate in this transition is growing, which is expected to provide a remarkable opportunity for the cooperative and citizen-initiated projects.

Social Development Goals

The project activities and their expected impact in Mexico will contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda from the United Nations and the related Mexican National Development Plan, which plays a central role in the current Mexican Government development policy. The goals to which DGRV’s new project efforts actively seek to contribute to are namely: SDG 2 – Increasing agricultural productivity and the income of small food producers and family farms, and SDG 9 – Ensure MSMEs’ access to financial services and their integration into value chains and markets.


The principal activities of DGRV’s project in Mexico can be summarized across sectors with the following topics:

  • Advising cooperative head organizations on improving advocacy / lobbying
  • Building cross-sectoral networks
  • Systemization of education and training systems for supervisory, administrative and management boards
  • Strengthening the integrated cooperative systems
  • Providing models for sustainable corporate management (social balance tool)


National Banking and Securities Supervision (CNBV)

The CNBV is a subordinate authority of the Ministry of Finance (SHCP) with powers in the areas of licensing, regulation, supervision and sanctions of the various sectors and organizations that integrate the Mexican financial system, as well as natural and legal persons which perform financial activities in the financial system.

National Association of Marketing Companies (ANEC)

ANEC promotes and creates a better bargaining position in the marketplace and other institutions in the cooperative sector, while promoting economies of scale, reduce costs, increase efficiency, ensure quality, and increase competitiveness the survival, the development of farmers, to ensure the quality of life in the countryside.

National Confederation of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (CONCAMEX)

Confederation consultation and cooperation body who acts in the design, dissemination and implementation of programs and instruments for the promotion, consolidation, development and supervision of the savings and loan cooperative sector

National Confederation of Cooperatives with various activities (CONFECOOP)

The CONFECOOP confederation organization, founded in 1998, integrates regional associations of cooperatives, mainly from the manufacturing and service sectors. Currently represents 15 out of 32 estates of Mexico.

Auxiliary supervision of savings and credit cooperatives and Deposit Guarantee Fund (FOCOOP)

FOCOOP is the Deposit Guarantee Fund, which also acts as auxiliary regulator.


Str. Porfirio Díaz No. 106
Col. Del Valle, Del. Benito Juárez
C.P. 038100, México D.F

F. +52 55 5687 3780


Project Director

Steffen Müller

Project Manager

Andreas Omasmeier

Project Manager

Gabriel Montalvo

Head of Administration

Mayra Gomez

Clerical Assistant

Magdalena Martínez

Logistics Assistant

Juan Villagarcía


Juan Manuel Muñoz


Gabriela Rueda


Victor Hugo Revelo


Carmen Villagran


Twitter: @DGRVMexico

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