Artisan Crafts, Community initiatives, En Via, Fair trade, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Teotitlan del Valle, Women Borrowers

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

Words and photography by Annemieke Buursink. Oaxaca de Juárez, June 2016. 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 precious product. Not… Continue reading CARMINE RED – production of the cochineal insect in Teotitlán del Valle

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

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

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

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