What a terrific organization! Small loans are otherwise unobtainable by these small, women-owned businesses. The En Via microfinance loans make it possible to grow the businesses, thereby improving the lives of the women and by extension, their families and communities.
A small group of us tourists were able to see these effects first-hand: Weavers showed us the yarns they used, how they made natural dyes for coloring then wove beautifully-patterned rugs in original designs. A sweet and personable shop owner led us through her thought process when her well-located store suddenly faced competition right around the corner. I was honored to be able to purchase a rug, representing a solid week of a weaver family's work, and chips and a bottle of water from the shop owner.
Many thanks to the En Via staff for their efforts on behalf of the organization and their time helping us to meet and better understand the hardworking business owners. If you, the reader, are visiting Oaxaca you should definitely sign up for this tour!
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