En Via Events, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Walking the Walk: Volunteers and the Adoptive City of Oaxaca.

By Kathryn Boelk As a new volunteer to En Vía, I have had the opportunity to meet not only the inspirational and determined women who participate in the program as borrowers, but also the spirited volunteers who support the program and all that it...

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Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

By Kim Groves Firecrackers from the churchyard hurtle over-head with the intention of scaring away evil spirits while ghosts, ghouls, and devils dance in the streets. The Cathedral is piled high with flowers. Candles burn bright for every prayer a...

En Via Events, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

The Power of “We” is Greater than the Power of “Me”

By Kirsten Leikem The En Vía community is a reflection of the larger community that exists in the towns we work in. After observing, listening, and conversing with the women of En Vía I realize that tour fees and loans are not the only virtuous ci...

Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Gifts of Culture: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca

Here in Oaxaca, there is currently a strange word on everybody s lips: Guelaguetza. From the Zapotec Indian language it means an offering or gift. In cultures based on exchange and trade it can also be considered in terms of an action or service ...