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.
As retinitis pigmentosa slowly erodes her sight, German-born painter and psychotherapist Kiki Suárez has worked to bring the therapeutic benefits of art to disabled persons in Chiapas, Mexico. Now, their artwork pays for some of the care and treatment of the patients.
Real estate developers say their projects aren’t the root of the city’s inconsistent water supply, but longtime residents say it’s not a coincidence that their taps go dry after condominiums are built nearby. The city government, which acknowledges that its water infrastructure needs updating, doesn’t make public the information that could determine the cause.