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

Artisan Crafts, Design, En Via, En Via Events, Fair trade, Festivals, Food, Indigenous Culture, Markets, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, San Miguel Del Valle, Santo Domingo Tomaltepec, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

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

Community initiatives, Education, En Via, Impact Assessment, Microfinance, Monitoring & Evaluation, San Miguel Del Valle, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

Planning, participation & potential: Measuring the Impact of En Vía’s Programs

Words by Nicola Coakley. Photos by Eugenia Ricardez,  Anne-Mieke Buursink, and Katrina Perry. At the end of last year, we celebrated En Vía’s 5th birthday. As we head into the new year, and the organization's 6th year, we are excited to have the opportunity to reflect on En Vía’s growth and development and to look… Continue reading Planning, participation & potential: Measuring the Impact of En Vía’s Programs

Indigenous Culture

Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland The state of Oaxaca regularly serves as a target destination for leagues of visitors, given the temperate climate, enticing cuisine and rich cultural diversity. While these aspects are sufficient in stirring up a siren call to yearning travel hearts, it is the work of local artisans that are the… Continue reading Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

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