We met some incredible women - a couple who weaved, one who cooked and sold hot tamales, and another who made tortillas to sell in the local market. They shared with us how their business's worked and how the loan had made a difference, allowing for growth both in production and sales.
100% of the fee we paid for the day funds the loans, so it was great to see for ourselves the difference our small contribution would make.
The highlight for me was meeting the weavers in their workshops, and listening about their process when designing and creating beautiful products using 100% wool and natural dyes. Although there are many lovely shops in Oaxaca selling gorgeous hand woven textile pieces, nothing beats being able to buy a piece straight from the source and the chance to meet it's creator. We were fortunate to have spotted a gorgeous and rather unique looking rug whilst visiting weaver Olga's studio, which is now in our home being a lovely of reminder of our day with Envia.
If you visit Oaxaca and want to explore some of the smaller towns, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Envia and accompanying them on one of their trips. So good.
next: the Ethnobotanical Garden of Oaxaca