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“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to it’s original size”- Albert Einstein

By Jen Stillwell As I sit here on this flight from Mexico City back to Los Angeles, I feel as though I am finally able to start gathering my thoughts on my time in Oaxaca, and the program that Fundación En Vía and I designed and implemented. My overall feeling is gratitude. My takeaway can… Continue reading “The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to it’s original size”- Albert Einstein

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Water for Chocolate

by Tiffany Nguyen Tiffany is a 4th-year undergraduate student visiting Oaxaca from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she studies public and nonprofit management. She is delighted to get to write about Oaxaca and its wonderful traditions. On the second day of En Vía’s Feria de Artesanas Emprendedoras, Isabel Lazo Chávez brings the tools… Continue reading Water for Chocolate

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CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Words and photography by Annemieke Buursink. Oaxaca de Juárez, June 2016. A few centuries ago cochineal was one of the most mysterious and wanted products in the world. It was greatly valued by the Aztecs and brought to Europe by the Spaniards, who were very careful to protect their monopoly on this precious product. Not… Continue reading CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

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La feria at Fundación En Vía

Words by Newell Searle. Photos by Lene Braeutigam. The day had just begun and in the shady courtyard two dozen women were preparing for the second Women Entrepreneurs Trade Fair at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca. The feria was organized by Fundación En Vía, a Oaxacan non-profit housed at the Instituto. Through the organization’s micro-lending program,… Continue reading La feria at Fundación En Vía