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  • Akumal Monkey Sanctuary & Rescued Animals

    Akumal, Mexico
    Categories: ecotourism, animal sanctuary
    This primate sanctuary takes in rescued animals and runs a number of local programs designed to educate and support the local community. In addition to the daily tours to visit the local animals indigenous to the Yucatan, a souvenir shop offers handmade indigenous crafts supporting the indigenous Maya community.
  • Cooperativa CACAO

    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Categories: class/workshop
    The CACAO Cooperative is a very small social enterprise still growing the business. They offer a lovely cacao workshop to learn how to make chocolate from scratch. The primary business is to prepare and sell fairtrade chocolate, as well as other fairtrade items (like mezcal) from around the region. The shop is located in Huayapam, which is a short taxi or bus from Oaxaca Centro.
  • En Via Tours

    Oaxaca City, Mexico
    Categories: tour operator, ecotourism
    En Via is an interest-free microfinance program supporting and empowering women and communities in the Oaxaca Valley. The organization runs weekly tours into the communities, allowing visitors to meet with the organization's borrowers to learn about their loans and project plans, and offer support for their success. The tours also provide a special glimpse of life in Oaxaca; tour participants learn about different artisanal trades, traditional foods, and local economies, all while supporting the local community through the tour fee.
  • Expediciones Sierra Norte

    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Categories: ecotourism, tour operator, homestay, hotel/guesthouse
    Pueblos Mancomunados is a community organization in the Oaxaca Valley that integrates the first hiking and mountain biking trails designed to show visitors the most relevant aspects of this important natural site. Local communities are involved in every development stage of the project and it's a stand-out example of the best parts of community-based tourism, as well as stand-out example of indigenous-led tourism.
  • Grupo Ecol√≥gico Sierra Gorda

    Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
    Categories: class/workshop, artwork, ecotourism, tour operator, hotel/guesthouse
    Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda is a grassroots movement operating in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.
  • Hecho

    Oaxaca, Mexico
    Categories: clothing shop, artwork, souvenirs
    Hecho is a curated emporium of ethically made artisan works that marry contemporary design with traditional processes. The organization is based in Oaxaca, Mexico and has an online shop filled with beautiful, handmade pieces made by a small group of hand-selected artisans in Mexico and Guatemala.
  • La Tiendita del Barro

    Oaxaca City, Mexico
    Categories: artwork
    Traditional pottery in Oaxaca is at risk of disappearing. In a world of disposable plastic products, produced in the millions, the unique craft of the potter is rarely valued. Since they cannot earn a sufficient and fair income, many are abandoning the craft altogether. La Tiendita del Barro provides a shopfront and art gallery opportunities for this collective to showcase their works.