Our organization is supported by a small (but talented and tireless) staff and robust team of volunteers. At any given time we have from 15 to 40 volunteers working with us. These passionate volunteers make it possible of us to execute the range of programs that we work on.
Our accomplishments are also thanks to a network of supporters and donors from around the world that are dedicated to community development, and of course, to the dedication and persistence of the women that participate in our programs.
Meet the staff:
Carlos is a social entrepreneur and native of Oaxaca. He is committed to sharing the beautiful, culturally rich and diverse state of Oaxaca. Our weekly community meetings are his favorite days of the week – giving him a chance to escape from the city and catch-up with the women in the program.
Viviana is from Mexico City but she moved to Oaxaca in 2003. Since 2004, she has collaborated with non-profit organizations, where she acquired experience in community development and institutional strengthening. She shares En Vía's values and appreciates the opportunity to work with the team in promoting empowerment through microfinance and business education. Her goal is to strengthen and expand En Vía's programs in order to achieve a wider and more profound impact.
Lily is a proud Zapotec who was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA to indigenous Mexican migrants from Villa Diaz Ordaz and Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. She studied International Studies in Santa Clara, CA and has worked as a bilingual teacher, liaison, interviewer and researcher with community non-profits in the U.S., Oaxaca, El Salvador and Spain for over 10 years. Lily straddles two cultures proudly because her parents have always cultivated the importance of their indigeneity.
Elizabeth is originally from Victoria, Mexico. She studied International Relations in Monterrey, Mexico and has worked with NGO's in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Working with En Vía gives her the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and continue gaining experience in what she is most passionate about - social development through education and cultural programs.
Having had the privilege of growing up all over the world due to her father's job, Andrea is passionate about learning new cultures and meeting new people. Andrea studied International Affairs and Communication in Boston, MA. She started off as a volunteer with En Vía before transitioning into becoming the Interim Responsible Tourism Manager. Originally from Mexico and Colombia, she has always wanted to return to her country to truly immerse herself.
Rocío is from one of our partner communities, San Miguel del Valle. Since her mother was participating in En Vía’s loan program, Rocío decided to get involved with En Vía too. She recently graduated from MKN University in Oaxaca with a degree in administration and works with En Vía part-time. She is thankful for the opportunity to learn more about the needs of women in her community and to be part of helping these women as they work to move themselves forward.
Originally from Teotitlán del Valle, Isabel thinks that En Vía is a great place to get to know people and gain new experiences. Her role allows her to learn a lot about the women who participate in the program and get to know different communities.
Kristina believes strongly in the value of nonprofit organizations and has always been interested in intercultural exchange. Originally from Austria, Kristina has worked in Thailand, California and Costa Rica. Her goal is to generate positive contributions through her work with En Vía. As part of En Vía’s mission of community empowerment, Kristina provides free English classes to community members and enables a productive exchange between local students and international volunteer teachers.