Our apt. looks like a hurricane just hit - its that intensely chaotic state that makes me crazy, right before my sweet man takes all this hot mess and packs the bags neatly into our car. We are heading out to Oaxaca today, I'll be working and playing from that beautiful state in Southern Mexico for about two weeks.
I've been supportive of women's international entrepreneurship and micro-business formation for years, so I'm especially interested in learning more about the women's cooperatives there. Many of them are built around regional crafts - you may have seen the colorful shirts, capes and skirts in the marketplaces of Mexico, with large, densely embroidered flower motifs. There are also weaving cooperatives. Textiles are one of my favorite things, in a parallel life I'm sure I'm a gypsy rug dealer. Magic carpet anyone?
Weaving and rug production became an industry in Oaxaca after tourism increased in the 70s due to the completion of the national highway that leads right to Oaxaca City.
If you are interested in what women are doing in microbusinesses all over the world, check out KIVA, a portal that allows individuals to invest small amounts of money in tiny businesses all over. KIVA is our pay-it-forward partner at YinCaravana, where we have a small but growing portfolio of loans.
There are also some complex societal twists in southern Mexico - in the Zapotec culture a muxe is an assigned male at birth individual who dresses and behaves in ways otherwise associated with the female gender; they may be seen as a third gender.
Check back in this week, we'll be posting more info and pics at Instagram, too!
Here is some more context if you are interested: