After seeing firsthand the difference the equivalent of $100 makes to women living in the small communities outside of Oaxaca, I will never look at (or thoughtlessly spend) money the same way again.
My friend Lupita is 43, widowed and raising three teenaged boys on her own in the small community of Teotitlán del Valle. She has been weaving tapetes since she was 12, and her boys also weave when they are not at school, as is the tradition in this village. Read more
On Sunday I squeezed myself into a colective as passenger number 3 (yay! The back seat!) to visit the weekly market in Tlacolula (tla-co-lul-la), a town about 27km from Oaxaca city. One of my favourite things to do is wander on market day in the pueblos surrounding Oaxaca – just chat with stall holders, browse the produce on offer and eat lunch somewhere packed with locals, bags crowded with purchases placed at their feet. Market day is considered a festive day in Oaxacan towns, and as such, is looked forward to all week. Read more