Artisan Crafts, Design, Desserts, En Via, En Via Events, Food, Mexico, Microfinance, Oaxaca, Oaxaca life, Photography, Teotitlan del Valle

Water for Chocolate

by Tiffany Nguyen Tiffany is a 4th-year undergraduate student visiting Oaxaca from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she studies public and nonprofit management. She is delighted to get to write about Oaxaca and its wonderful traditions. On the second day of En Vía’s Feria de Artesanas Emprendedoras, Isabel Lazo Chávez brings the tools… Continue reading Water for Chocolate

Oaxaca life, Women Borrowers

Lending to Women: An En Vía FAQ

Words by Stephanie Castellano. The travelers on En Vía’s microfinance tours ask a lot of questions. Don’t worry – we encourage that! The tours are meant to be an educational experience, showing travelers how En Vía is applying the concept of microfinance here in Oaxaca, and supporting local women in their endeavors to become successful… Continue reading Lending to Women: An En Vía FAQ

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

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