business, English Classes, Teotitlan del Valle, Volunteering

“Do you have one in blue?” En Vía’s ‘English for your business’ program

by Sylvia Hines, Communications Intern "Do you have one in blue?" "Can I wash this?" Not easy questions to answer if you speak fluent Zapotec and Spanish but not much English. Many of our entrepreneurs find that their clients - who arrive from all over the world - have little Spanish and really want all… Continue reading “Do you have one in blue?” En Vía’s ‘English for your business’ program

Entrepreneur profiles, Indigenous Culture, Teotitlan del Valle, weaving

CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Words and photography by Annemieke Buursink. Oaxaca de Juárez, June 2016. Rafaela Ruiz Gutiérrez 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… Continue reading CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

Artisan Crafts, business, En Via Events, Fair trade, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca

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

Indigenous Culture, San Miguel del Valle, Teotitlan del Valle

Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Mica Miro, Responsible Tourism Program Manager for En Via, learns about the weaving process. 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… Continue reading Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

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