Responsible Tourism Program: En Vía connects responsible tourists to communities living on the outskirts of Oaxaca to establish a meaningful exchange between the two groups. This gives the tourists the opportunity to experience a more authentic side of Oaxaca, to learn about Oaxacan culture, and about the local community’s way of life. En Vía uses the tour fees to support its microloan and education programs. En Vía’s women entrepreneurs who participate in the exchange are able to present their businesses to the tour groups, build their confidence, and share their ideas and goals for the future.
Growing Strong Program: This program was developed by En Vía in response to the emerging needs of families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The En Vía team realized that families with their own food resources were far more resilient compared to their neighbors. To support neighbors with fewer resources, En Vía organized a grassroots campaign that ultimately led to 417 donors gifting 154 women and their families with materials to start their own vegetable gardens or chicken farms. After seeing the success of the campaign, En Vía developed Growing Strong into a regular program to address immediate food insecurity.
The current program provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to expand their chicken farm and vegetable garden projects into a source of revenue. Community members also receive in-depth animal care and business development courses to ensure their success.