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Fundacion En Via

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Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Description: En Via is a non-profit microfinance organization working to fight poverty...
En Via is a non-profit microfinance organization working to fight poverty around Oaxaca, and to educate travelers about the power of microfinance by connecting them with local women either through visits to their towns, or through our volunteer program teaching free English classes to women and children. On the visits, travelers meet women who are applying for micro-loans to start or expand their small businesses, from making tortillas to weaving beautiful rugs, to selling flowers in the local market. Participants hear about the women's lives and projects, and what they plan to do with their loans. At the end of the day, 100% of the fee is then used to give interest-free micro-loans to the women we visited.
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Totally Worth Going at Least Once!

En Via is an organization that does a lot of good for an area where there is quite a bit of poverty. Their tours support a worthwhile cause AND give you a glimpse into the local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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230 reviews 230 reviews
63 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

En Via is an organization that does a lot of good for an area where there is quite a bit of poverty. Their tours support a worthwhile cause AND give you a glimpse into the local culture that isn't easily available for someone without intimate knowledge of the area. We went to the village of San Miguel Del Valle, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Authentic. Craftsmen were superb. And we visited some people that would not have been on 'my agenda' small business/commerce owners, and this made the tour even better, stretching the boundaries of what I knew about the lives of women in the villages.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Didn't really know what to expect on this tour. We were quite a large group of 10, but this was well managed. We met a diverse group of women and learnt not just about their work which is supported with loans from en via, but a lot about their lives as well, which was equally as interesting. Their handicrafts were... More 

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Oakland, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I want to begin my review by saying that I really love the way this program works. I enjoyed learning about the program and I am so thankful for the opportunity to support it. However, my actual experience was...well...pretty boring. I think a few things contributed to this: 1) It was my fourth day of all day tours and classes... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

They do microloans to women in the countryside and give visitors a nice tour. I am not sure their approach to lending is super-effective but it helps, and the money seems to mostly go to the borrowers as it should.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We took this full day tour 48 hours ago, - one that will leave lasting, reverent impressions. Thanks to the guides who provided the historical construct and translation and for their dedication to this wonderful cause. Thanks to the groups of women who shared their remarkable stories and demonstrated their skills with the carpets, aprons, sashes, and fabrics they meticulously... More 

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New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The En Via organization provides micro-loans to local individuals as a means to assist in start-ups or continue in the production of handicrafts and weaving for intended sale. The tours which the organization conducts are a means to both finance this project and to familiarize donors with the locals in their homes and workshops in outlying towns and villages in... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

You can visit this are and see the people dyeing the wool and weaving the goods. We were impressed that we met the ladies that were weaving and they showed us what they were working on. Very friendly and good prices.

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Richmond, VA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Join them for a tour of a nearby village and see a very different dimension of Oaxaca. Great folks doing great work. You won't be sorry.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I know of no other place where you can have this kind of contact with the local people, their work, their crafts, their family and their economy. What a great organization. Just tops. All smooth and easy and I felt very good about spending my money helping poor women in rural areas get ahead and make life better for their... More 

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