I’ve been working on the topic of extreme water shortages in Mexico City for nearly two years, and like many personal project I’ve had a tough time getting it out into the world. The scale of what I was proposing was difficult for the format of many publications, and the New York Times released a major project about a similar theme just as I was getting ready to publish, making it doubly hard to find a publishing partner!
But just as I was about to give up hope of ever seeing this story in the world, I was introduced to the very motivated and enthusiastic team at Buzzfeed News. After looking over the various angles involved in the story of Mexico City’s urban drought, we decided to focus on a group of volunteer women in Iztapalapa working to make a bad situation slightly more bearable for their community. Since I spent a great deal of time with these women and knew that they were getting next to no exposure for their efforts, I was more than happy to profile them in a major international publication.
It’s been a long road to getting the first part of this story out into the world and I’m grateful to the talented journalists and editors at Buzzfeed News (not the “top 5 cutest cats on the internet” side of the business!) for their belief in the project.