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Supporting local businesses is at the soul of responsible tourism. Our holidays visit local business, restaurants and accommodations to help spread tourism's benefits.

But, we want to go a little further. Viva Expeditions has partnered with the MAD project and Kiva to provide micro-financing for small businesses operated by women in poorer countries across Latin America. We do this by donating $5 on every paperless booking made through Viva Expeditions. 

Why have we chosen to support female-owned businesses?

The Viva Expeditions logo is a symbol of our identity and values. We're a travel company born from a love of South America, a passion for its people and culture. Our logo features a cholita; a women that you'll likely see on your adventures in Latin America. Often dressed in 'traditional clothes', bowler hat and a thickly layered skirt.

To us, a cholita is a tough women, somebody that works hard, often in high altitudes and in tough climates. Our aim is to provide a little support and empower the cholitas and women of Latin America through micro-financing projects. 

The microfinance schemes we support will help create an infrastructure, grow businesses and empower women to improve their lives. Schemes can launch retail businesses, buy ingredients and purchase construction materials. 

The wonderful thing about microfinancing is that each dollar can touch many lives. We provide the loan, it gets repaid and then the same dollars fund another loan.

Lend, grow, repay - the virtuous cycle goes on...

 

 

What Is Micro-Financing?

How the cost your holiday can keep on giving to businesses in South America.

Who Are The Cholitas?

With bowler hats, big puffy skirts and long black, platted hair.

Responsible Tourism

Read all articles about responsible tourism in South America and in the Polar regions.

MAD Project

Join our M.A.D.world and Make. A. Difference.

Loan Completed

Bought wholesale clothing that will be bought from La Paz wholesalers and resold

Amount Loaned: $833

Group of entrepreneurial women that are looking for a way to improve their quality of life.