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21 - Final Preparations

Oaxaca, Mexico

Maria helps style Elena’s hair in preparation for their town’s annual “Parade of the Virgins.” Both are members of team Flores Vivas (Living Flowers), a hair salon started to give young women usable skills that offer them economic independence. More than twenty young girls have learned the basics of cosmetology from books and the internet. They work after school, not only providing an inexpensive service to their community but also giving the young women something that is entirely their own. They still face many challenges, particularly in terms of resources. It took more than six months to fundraise enough money for just one hair dryer.

Kyle Taylor, Reprinted Digital Print, 2007© Kyle Taylor 2008

  

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Taken on September 6, 2007