As a result of CONANP's participation in a workshop organized by the Alianza Sierra Madre in February 2007, the more than 10 indigenous communities that participated in that event developed a total of 90 projects, one third of which were funded by CONANP. Since then, the indigenous communities have been in direct contact with CONANP in the development of their projects.
The Alianza Sierra Madre has supported indigenous groups and communities in the development of projects for the PACMYC. The Alianza accompanies the entire process, from the development of the proposal to the reporting on funds to the donor, though only when its assistance is requested. In 2008, projects were funded for the development of handicrafts, traditional dresses, ironwork, and the documentation of indigenous knowledge. Each project received an average of 20,000 Mexican pesos.
The Alianza Sierra Madre has supported women's groups in the development of proposals for productive projects financed by the Ministry for Rural Development. Three projects were approved in 2007: 1) the expansion of a bakery in the Yokivo ejido, in the municipality of Batopilas; 2) the installation of a bakery in Baborigame, in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo; and 3) the installation of a tortilla-making shop, also in Baborigame. The amount of funds procured with the help of the Alianza was 308,400 Mexican pesos for the three projects. The funds were provided directly to the grantees.
The Yokivo bakery had been installed the previous year, with funding that the Alianza had helped them obtain. The bakery is run by a group of 29 women who now have a source of income. The project was so successful that it then received funding for its expansion.