Ranchero Pandillero seeks to work directly with young men involved in gangs and offer them opportunities to lead a life of nonviolence while creating an economy that serves marginalized populations and prepares for the challenges of climate change.


Insecurity in Mexico is an urgent problem.

In 2015, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace, the centrally located state of Guanajuato was reported to be the fifth least peaceful state in the country.

San Miguel de Allende is a midsized city in Guanajuato whose youth (ages 20 to 24) suffer from a high annual homicide rate of 23.9 per 100,000.

In San Miguel de Allende, violence is concentrated in urban neighborhoods, where many gang members live.

Additionally, 36% of the population in San Miguel lives in extreme poverty and has little access to enough nutritious food.

The quality of life of San Miguel de Allende’s residents is affected by violence, poor nutrition, and poverty, as well as environmental degradation.

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Modern agriculture, which accounts for over 80% of the state's water consumption, is exhausting the land's underground aquifers and it is estimated that in the next 30 years the wells will run dry leaving the state without any water.
Ranchero Pandillero, CASA’s newest program, was launched by Isael Gonzalez Goodman in January 2017 to address gang-related violence and environmental degradation by hiring young men involved with gangs and violence, training them in organic farming and supporting them in the development of important life skills through: individual therapy sessions, support groups, mentorship programs, workshops in business management and personal development, english, computer classes, yoga classes, and courses to complete their high school education.

As outreach workers, these young men work with low-income families in rural communities in an organic farming business called Colectivo Campesino.

Together with another local NGO called APOYO, Ranchero Pandillero organizes a collective of organic farmers to create a local and environmentally sustainable economy.

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Ranchero Pandillero also plans to collaborate with the local police department and community members to implement the core principles of the Group Violence Intervention, a proven violence prevention strategy that mobilizes a diverse group of law enforcement, social services and community stakeholders to engage with gang members and convey the message that violence is not acceptable.

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08 Dec

Adult Education Students Graduation Ceremony

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On December 5th, CASA´s library held a certificate ceremony for the students who completed their primary and secondary studies through the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) program. Two INEA representatives, José Luis Berra and Maria Guadalupe.

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