The Center of Southwest Culture (CSC) was founded to help develop healthy Indigenous and Latino communities through economic development initiatives and educational and cultural work. CSC works primarily in the Southwestern United States and México.
CSC, through its economic development division—the Cooperative Development Center (CODECE)— is focused on launching cooperative businesses primarily in isolated rural areas of New Mexico to provide sustainable income for local people who have scarce resources. CODECE uses existing resources to create 21st Century incomes for underserved communities that have been economically marginalized. We have worked mostly in two viable economic areas—organic farming and cultural tourism—to help local families rise out of poverty. We have observed that families thrive once they have a steady source of income and enough money to move beyond subsistence lifeways.