Our Story  
 

Nija’nu A.C. was founded by Alejandra Olguin. One of the many visits home for Alejandra— whose parents are from Santo Domingo Tonalá and the neighboring village Natividad— was the beginning of a long time desire to give back to the place she had found her roots.
 



 
The Team

Alejandra Olguin
(Founder, Liason between Tonaltecos living in Napa Valley and Santo Domingo Tonalá)

While Alejandra lives in Oaxaca and California, her life between these two worlds has shaped her vision and the work she does. Her time at home in the Napa Valley, where she was born and raised, has allowed her to reconnect the immigrant community from Santo Domingo Tonalá with their hometown and our elders. She also has inspired a group of Tonaltecos living in the Napa Valley to organize fundraising dinners in support of Nija'nu. Alejandra has a M.A. in Ethnic Studies and is a trained doula.
Karina Ramirez Duran
(Project Manager on-site)


Karina is the coordinator of all activities locally. In addition, she handles the administrative work that needs to be taken care of in Santo Domingo Tonalá for Nija'nu A.C. She teaches our elders new dance moves, offers arts and crafts classes at our center.

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