En Via, En Via Events, English Classes, Mexico, Microfinance, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, Teotitlan del Valle, volunteering, Women Borrowers

The Value of VolFUNteering.

Words and photos by Eda Tajuddin. It’s crazy how quickly and how drastically your perspective can change. Quitting my job in London and moving to Mexico to volunteer was terrifying even though I was lucky enough to have the financial and moral support I needed. Still, when you’re in a bubble obsessed with job security,… Continue reading The Value of VolFUNteering.

En Via, Festivals, Indigenous Culture, Mexico, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

Death Takes a Holiday

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

Artisan Crafts, Community initiatives, En Via, Fair trade, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

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

Community initiatives, Computer classes, Education, En Via, Fair trade, Microfinance, Oaxaca, Santa María Guelacé, volunteering, Women Borrowers, Workshops

Getting Online in Santa María Guelacé

Words and photos by Stephanie Castellano. The afternoon heat had settled heavily over the sleepy little town of Santa María Guelacé, located just outside the city of Oaxaca. Except for the dogs lolling in scraps of shade, the dusty streets were deserted. But inside one vividly green building on the town’s main street, there was… Continue reading Getting Online in Santa María Guelacé