En Via

Volunteer Work Leads to a Soulful Home in Oaxaca, Mexico

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” – Pascal Mercier Trumpet music wraps around me as I am swept into a… Continue reading Volunteer Work Leads to a Soulful Home in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Women Borrowers

Featured En Vía Borrower: Eulalia

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland As human beings, we experience seemingly simple moments that sometimes resonate so deeply in us that there is no choice but to acknowledge the impending change that is to come as a result. My first visit to Oaxaca was a weeklong foray tacked onto a business trip in Mexico… Continue reading Featured En Vía Borrower: Eulalia

English Classes

Kids Master the Market

Words and photographs by Heather L. Hutcheson For the past few summers, I have had the opportunity to volunteer as a teacher for the free English classes offered by Fundación En Vía through their responsible tourism program.  As an English professor at a community college, I enjoy the opportunity to engage the children of En Vía borrowers in fun activities designed to… Continue reading Kids Master the Market

En Via Events

Moving the Smoke Out of the Kitchen: A Stove Build With Fundación En Vía

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A mix of sweat and clay creeps down my temple as I submerge a brick into an aluminum bucket full of water. As the terracotta absorbs the liquid, bubbles escape from the edges, rippling to the top like inspired banter at a cocktail party. When the last of the… Continue reading Moving the Smoke Out of the Kitchen: A Stove Build With Fundación En Vía

San Miguel Del Valle

In focus: San Miguel del Valle

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland  Rolling mountain terrain presides over tan fields of parched grass as we wind our way east from Oaxaca de Juárez, past Santa María del Tule, Tlacolula de Matamoros, and eventually pulling to a stop in San Miguel del Valle. This community sits under the watchful eye of La Mujer… Continue reading In focus: San Miguel del Valle