Yes, I am the first woman president, and we have our first woman vice president, too. We campaign and everyone votes. It’s a majority decision. Do you get paid? No. How often do you meet? We meet the last Sunday of every month. If someone isn’t able to come, they must send a representative. Do you experience internal conflicts amongst yourselves? Well, we have so many members and don’t always agree, but we are a family. We all get equal profits and benefits, which makes it easier to agree. We have minor discussions and must sign off on each decision. We have to agree. We have to register everything we do every time we meet. Since the Constitutional reforms were made in 1992 to allow land to be converted to private property, and also allow sales and rentals to foreigners, do you think this has benefited Ejido members? Yes, now we have the freedom to invest in properties and enterprises, and don’t have to be limited to being just farmers or fishermen. We are more independent from the government. Can a foreigner become an Ejidotario? No, but he can enter into a partnership with one. How does one become an Ejidotario? If your family was part of the original workers who formed the Ejido, the right is passed on. One has the ability to sell their right to other family members or to another Ejidotario. What is your biggest challenge? We have a lot of land and not enough water. It’s our big priority now. People think Todos Santos has a lot of water and that it’s being wasted. But we only have a certain amount for our use, and it’s not enough. Our water is separate from the city water. And who regulates the use of your water?
how issuu works