By Susan Bean Aycock, Fundación En Vía volunteer For 24 hours starting at 3 p.m. on November 1, the cemetery of Teotitlán del Valle was empty — the departed had a day-long pass to visit their homes and families. At least that’s the belief of the people there, celebrating a long tradition of the indigenous… Continue reading Death Takes a Holiday
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
Words by Marianna De Liseo. Photos by MDL, Zoe Kasperzyk, and Lene Braeutigam. Never a dull moment goes by in the En Vía office. That’s what really occurs to me when I stop to think about some of the activities we call our daily routine. “Client meeting” means an uproarious visit from Norma and her mother-in-law… Continue reading Keeping Up With The Pace
Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A series of juguetes shoot into the night, sending the neighborhood dogs into a barking frenzy. Bam, bam, bam – these handmade fireworks are liberally applied to the open skies of Oaxaca in order to announce birthdays, weddings and other notable events. Unlike traditional fireworks, they do not produce… Continue reading Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca Goes Off With a Bang
Viva México! Viva México! Viva México! Forget Cinco de Mayo, September 16 is the day to celebrate all things Mexican. In case you weren't aware, nobody in Mexico, except for Poblanos*, celebrates Cinco de Mayo. It isn't even observed as an official national Mexican holiday, and it definitely isn't their Independence Day, for those of you who… Continue reading 10 Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day from Afar!