Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1989
Servicio y Desarrollo Comunitario
    This description of Arturo Caballero Barrón's work was prepared when Arturo Caballero Barrón was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1989.
    Arturo Caballero is introducing major innovations into the organization of one of Mexico's most backward sectors: the fishing industry. Working in the Yucatan Peninsula with largely illiterate fishermen, he is guiding them towards their participation in the creation of a modern fishing industry. This Yucatan work will provide a model for many other groups.
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    Arturo aims to discover, reflect and spread stories of the daily lives of the subordinate communities, built on their culture, tradition and the wisdom of previous generations, especially stories of resistance to marginalization, the transformation of an adverse environment and the development of abilities, solidarity, help and shared effort. These stories which, when analysed with their protagonists, help to raise awareness of what limits and conditions comprehensive human development and to faciliate support actions to remove the identified restrictions.

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