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The Power of Remittances
Text by Dulce Gamboa Photographs by Maisie Crow Violeta Cruz is an atypical rural Mexican woman. The 29-year-old businesswoman, a single mother of one daughter, is president of Mujeres Envasadoras de Nopal de Ayoquezco (MENA), a women’s association that grows, packs, and commercializes cacti in Ayoquezco, a community in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Violeta Cruz, president of Mujeres Envasadoras de Nopal de Ayoquezco (MENA) picks nopal (cactus) that froze--due to very low temperatures--and cannot be sold at the local...
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at
From Chiapas to the United States and Back
Text by Dulce Gamboa Photographs by Laura Elizabeth Pohl It has been almost 10 years since Marvin Garcia returned to Mexico from the United States. Garcia, 52, is originally from Guatemala but is now a naturalized Mexican citizen. He owns and farms a small parcel of land at Santa Fe, a sustainable community developed by Agros International in Comitan, located in Mexico’s Chiapas state. Marvin Garcia, 52, worked in the United States without papers several times because of a lack...
Posted Feb 24, 2011 at
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