Patzún

founded during the 12th century

According to archeologists and historians Patzún was founded during the 12th Century and was part of the Kaqchikel Kingdom of Iximché. Today, the municipality occupies a territory of 77 square miles and has an average altitude of 7,287 feets above sea level. Patzún’s population of 58,240, 95.1% being of Indigenous ancestry, is dispersed throughout the municipality’s 14 villages and 23 hamlets. The local economy is based on agriculture with corn, beans, wheat and coffee being crops of particular importance. Although Patzún has an economy that consists primarily of the production of agricultural goods, there is also a significant presence of mining activities that include the extraction of silver, lead, coal, and antimony. ALDEA and ABPD partnered with the municipality of Patzún from 2006 to 2017.

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have a female as primary decisionmaker
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do not have access to electricity
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use wood burning stoves for cooking
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use a latrine
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do not have access to running water in the home

Stories From Patzún

ALDEA/ABPD Partner Communities in Patzún

Cheoj
Chichoy Alto
Chichoy Bajo
Chipiacul
Chuaquenum
Chuchucá Alto

Chuinimachicaj
Chuiquel

Cojobal
El Garabato (2014 – 2016)
El Llano
La Ciénaga
La Pila
La Trompeta (2015 – 2017)
Las Camelias
Los Elías

Los Encuentritos
Mocolic Xot Alto
Mocolic Xot Bajo
Nimayá
Pachimulín
Panibaj
Panimaquín
Paraíso Chichoy

Popabaj
Sabalpop
San Lorenzo
Saquiyá (2012 – 2015)
Xeatzán Alto
Xeatzán Bajo
Xejolón
Xepatán (2013 – 2015)
Xetzitzi