Carlos Hoyos Tello

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1992
Related TopicsHealth & Fitness


This profile was prepared when Carlos Hoyos Tello was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
The New Idea
Carlos Hoyos' Popular Movement for Communities and Residents of the Southern Metropolitan Area in Mexico City, was initially a grassroots soup kitchen. Now it is transforming formerly government-run and subsidized community stores into efficient, profit-making, democratic businesses that provide quality low cost food to their poor customers.

He is also creating the first citizen-run database that tracks food so that both citizens and cooperative stores like those he runs can seek out the best prices and negotiate the prices of supplies from strength. He also publishes these results in a bimonthly newsletter. This newsletter is in turn part of a wider effort he is building that he hopes will trigger public pressure on the community to be concerned about market prices and nutrition and therefore spur effort to keep costs down, organize educational campaigns, design nutrition workshops, open soup kitchens, and implement breakfast programs for children to alleviate malnutrition. He hopes these efforts will ultimately cause public awareness to make food and nourishment a constitutional right for every citizen.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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