What are your tours like?
How do you select the artisans you work with?
Most of the artisans we work with are existing clients of our partner microfinance institutions (MFIs). In other words, they are people who apply for small loans to grow their business projects. Our partner MFIs recruit their own clients, approve them for small loans, disburse the loans and collect loan payments (click here for more information about how microfinance works). Investours staff attend the MFIs’ loan disbursement meetings and offer clients the opportunity to participate on our tours. While Investours is not a lending institution, our aim is to complement the work of our partner MFIs so as to provide holistic support to our shared clients. We work only with those clients that are interested in receiving our assistance.
Visiting artisans with experience in microfinance provides travelers with an inspiring insight into local livelihoods and ensures that the tour focuses on entrepreneurship and progress–not the challenges of poverty.
Why did you pick Puerto Vallarta?
While Puerto Vallarta’s sun, sand, and surf attract thousands of warmth-deprived tourists every year, those who never stray far from the city center truly miss out on an authentic Mexican cultural experience. Many of the most vibrant artistic, culinary, and religious traditions of the Bahia region survive only in its smaller communities. Furthermore, despite this whitewashed appearance of its sun-drenched tourist hangouts, the Bahia region suffers from its fair share of poverty. For example, of the 45,000 dwellings that comprise the so-called “paradise” of the Puerto Vallarta Metropolitan Area, 10% do not have a potable water supply, 8% do not have connections to a sewer or septic system, and 4% do not have electricity.
Why did you pick Dar Es Salaam?
Dar es Salaam, located on the eastern coast of Tanzania in East Africa, is the bustling business center of the country. While thousands of tourists pass through this popular port each year en route to Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, and the Serengeti, few tourists take the time to truly experience Tanzania’s most populated and diverse city. There is indeed much cultural richness to discover in Dar es Salaam, and what better way than to experience it through its people?
Why did you pick Arusha?
Arusha is the capital of the Arusha region in Northern Tanzania. Located slightly inland from Dar es Salaam, Arusha is an international diplomatic hub, and is widely recognized as the capital of the East African community. As with Dar es Salaam, Arusha’s proximity to tourist attractions such as the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro make it a popular place for travelers to stop and experience Tanzania.