Tourism is the lifeblood of many businesses in San Cristóbal de las Casas, including restaurants. Now, with coronavirus quarantines and social distancing initiatives dealing big financial blows, restaurateurs are developing creative strategies to keep their customers loyal to the food they serve.
The town of Toluca, about an hour outside Mexico City, is well-known for its elaborate, sugar-spun skull confections, called alfeñique. Artisans make the sweets every year for the Day of the Dead festival. But the tradition may be in danger of dying out – so artisans are working to pass the technique on to the next generation.
In Chiapas, the state with Mexico’s highest childhood poverty rate, many children quit school early to work instead. These youth have few options, but a training program strives to put opportunity within reach.
In Mexico’s employment market, some of the country’s youth are finding it difficult to get jobs in the fields they studied. Some young people have ended up in jobs they didn’t anticipate and wonder what they could have done differently.
Getting around the busy capital of Chiapas can be expensive, inconvenient and dangerous, so last year, four women banded together to provide driver services to friends and family. The women aren’t licensed taxi drivers, but their secret – safe, alternative transportation – is spreading fast.
Locals in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, have long earned a living cultivating cacao. Today, new ways of farming are boosting yields, as old family recipes give rise to small businesses purveying uniquely flavored sweets.
In Mexico, locally made handcrafts and Chinese-made alternatives can seem almost indistinguishable, so shoppers often make the cheaper choice. To compete, Mexican handcrafters are experimenting with new mediums – and transforming traditional art forms in the process.
Women in Mexico have always worked to contribute to their families. Now, women entrepreneurs are starting businesses and seeking income, but they're also finding that the path to success is full of obstacles.
For generations, artisans in Mexico’s Chiapas state have produced handmade crafts such as clothing, leather goods and looms, to be sold in local markets. But cheap, factory-made copies of these products, mostly from China, have begun to seep into the local market, presenting a serious threat to the artisans’ traditional livelihoods.
Corn is the foundation of many iconic Mexican foods, but in recent years Mexico has been growing less and importing more. A group of women in southern Mexico are supporting each other in growing corn and making corn-based foods, shielding the staple crop from the ups and downs of the global economy.