Lily, ZT founder

Lily was born and raised in Santa Monica, California, home to the largest Oaxacan Zapotec migrant community in the U.S. After spending her summers in Oaxaca with her parents in the dream home they built, Lily rematriated to Oaxaca in 2013. After many years of seeing the lack of representation of indigenous woman-led initiatives in the tourism sector, she decided to create Zapotec Travel by Lily, a woman owned and led sustainable travel company in Oaxaca where travelers center indigenous voices to experience Oaxaca, learn how to best observe traditions as a guest in their communities and learn how to best support these businesses. Zapotec Travel now works rotating over 50 service providers, 80% which are woman owned and led, to make sure everyone gets a fair share of the tourism funds.