Armed conflict in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has threatened the livelihood of farmers for decades. To support their families, some men in the region are now participating in an ancient tradition long held by women: weaving.
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.
As Venezuela’s economic crisis worsens, almost 7,000 Venezuelan engineers have moved to Argentina during the past two years. But Argentina’s economy is staggering, too, and the job market is fiercely competitive, so where does that leave a trained engineer?
Adriana González is the only female taxi driver working in her village of Chaquijyá, Guatemala. She’s not only making money in a male-dominated industry, but she’s serving as a shining example to other young people and women.