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

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Indigenous Culture, Teotitlan del Valle

Getting Grounded in Community: Talking about Land and Place

I’ve always lived in cities – first in Washington D.C., now at college in Chicago.  Growing up, I never really knew my neighbors. Signs proclaiming ‘Private Property: Stay Away’ were quite prevalent and the idea of sharing space was reserved for very limited areas such as public parks. As an American, I’ve often wondered if… Continue reading Getting Grounded in Community: Talking about Land and Place

En Via Events, Indigenous Culture, Women Borrowers

Sharing Remedies: Women Supporting Women

Virginia, known as Vicki, is a very special woman whom we have had the privilege of getting to know within our program. She lives in a small town in Oaxaca called Barrio Bajo Etla. Vicki is an architect by trade but uses her En Vía micro-loans to invest in her herbal remedy business. Using natural… Continue reading Sharing Remedies: Women Supporting Women