Via Uno has received a Brazilian prize recognizing its excellence in franchising. In reporting about it, Via Uno says the number of Via Uno stores has reached 269 doors ? 155 in Brazil and 114 in other countries. Founded in 1991 in Novo Hamburgo, Via Uno produces around 8 million pairs of shoes annually at eight factories, two in Bahia and two in Rio Grande do Sul, which employ more than 5,000 workers. Half of the production is exported.