Woman owned tour business needs your help

My gardens virtual tour: Woman owned and operated tour business shaken by the Corona Virus needs your help. Please  help save my business.

I found my passion in tour guiding.  Over the past few years, I have worked very diligently to build a small tour guide company, EV Tours here in Victoria, BC.   Last season, I invested in a second vehicle and was poised to realize the benefit with a great 2020 season.  
 
Then the Covid-19 virus hit.  The Cruise industry is shut down. Travel bans have taken effect and I now realize the entire season will be lost.  With no income, lease payments on two vehicles, expenses to pay, and I am now having to refund thousands of dollars for cancelled tours. I am not only in danger of losing my business but my future.  I need your help. Yes, the government will eventually help small business owners, but it will take some time. 

A $20, $30, $50 dollar donation will really help me at this time.  

 How the money will be spent  
I am asking for only enough to help me survive through these unusual times.  I will use the money to pay the bills through season and into the next.  Just to keep my livelihood afloat.  Your donation however small, will make a real difference in my life and save me from losing my business.
 
 
About Me
I have been an entrepreneur all my adult life.  I have always chosen to pursue businesses that are noble, make a difference in people's lives, and are good for the environment.  I have traveled the world and lived in different countries.  I have done so much in my life. I used to sell sandwiches and salads in the streets of LA, I taught aerobic classes in gyms and studios, I planted and sold vegetables and other food in Mexico.  
 
My days in agriculture
In Jalisco, Mexico, where I lived for 24 years, I devoted myself to agriculture.  I grew organic vegetables that I sold to restaurants wholesale and sold in the small retail market I created.  I enabled and inspired many local people to work in my enterprise, AgroGourmet, and used the best growing practices that I taught to local farmers.  They are using these agricultural practices until this day.  It has made a real difference in their lives and to their families.  I had 18 full time employees and 30 seasonal harvesters. After running my agrarian company in Mexico for years, I passed it on to the locals and returned to Canada, to be with my mother in her last years.

My journey to Victoria – I found my passion
After my mom passed away, I followed her dream and moved to Victoria BC, on Vancouver Island (with my cats). After starting 2 different companies, I realized my true passion and created a unique tour guide company where we treat travelers like family and friends. With a focus on the beauty of nature, culture and history I nurtured the small company, building a strong local team of wonderful guides.
 
I worked very hard to achieve this in the competitive Victoria, BC tourism industry. I got my class 4 driving license, licensed the vehicles through the BC Ministry of Transportation, recruited and trained guides, created a nice website, evtours.ca, developed marketing materials, built my social media presence and of course I provide amazing tours, totally catered to peoples interests and pace,  driving through the most scenic routes, and showing secret gems on Southern Vancouver Island.  I love people and it is a joy to know that I am part of their great travel experience.  I have now been in business for a few years, supporting myself through my company, providing private tours.  But quite suddenly I find myself in financial quicksand because of Coronavirus. 
 
 You can help by sending a small donation, and your contribution can add up to what I need to help weather this storm, making it possible to save my business.   know that your donation will make a big difference. Thank you!

Donations

  • Rose Snyder 
    • $200 
    • 6 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Dini C 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 4 mos
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Organizer

Elizabeth Vago 
Organizer
Victoria, BC
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