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

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En Via, Festivals, Oaxaca life, San Miguel Del Valle, Santo Domingo Tomaltepec, Women Borrowers

Keeping Up With The Pace

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

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

“Why Women?”

A question that comes up a lot from tour participants on the En Vía tours is: Why do we lend only to women? As Kim discussed in the blog post (“Acknowledging Relationships: The Support from Men”), even though we work primarily with women, men do form a vital part of the communities in which we… Continue reading “Why Women?”

En Via Events

Help us Transport the Idea! A Van for En Vía.

Two of our borrowers attending one of our business classes. When En Vía first started out, we had a powerful idea and not much else. Carlos, En Vía’s founder and director, would take a few interested visitors out in his own car to meet with women entrepreneurs in order to share with them the micro-credit/responsible… Continue reading Help us Transport the Idea! A Van for En Vía.