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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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Inspiring Tour

If you want something more fulfilling than shopping and seeing ruins, do the En Via tour. En Via makes micro finance loans to women to fuel small businesses like textiles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

If you want something more fulfilling than shopping and seeing ruins, do the En Via tour. En Via makes micro finance loans to women to fuel small businesses like textiles, restaurants and livestock. The 6 hour tour involves a visits to the homes of the borrowers in towns outside of Oaxca to hear about their businesses and the role of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Wonderful way to see "real" Mexico and to help address poverty and womens' rights at the same time. This is a tour every visitor to Oaxaca City should do!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Me and my 12 year old boy went on the tour on a Saturday. It was a fantastic experience. He tells everyone that it was one of the highlights of his trip. I would highly recommend it.

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San Rafael, California
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73 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

En Via is a wonderful organization who give micro loans to women in the state of Oaxaca to help them start a business. The loans have 0% interest. They raise the money by giving tours that cost about $55 and last about 5 hours. You have lunch and then visit two or three women to see exactly how everything works.... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We enjoyed the tour a lot. The money for the tour is used to give the women in the towns interest free loans. We went to 6 women that got a loan from En Via to see how they invested the money and what they are producing. A volunteer translated all our questions so we learned about their customers, what... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A great way to learn about En Via, the local culture & the communities they support, & to see a small village off the tourist track. We also learnt a lot from the borrowers, aptly described in the En Via website as "hard-working, optimistic, and problem-solving women who create their own successes through their skills and tenacity".

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I did this tour four years ago and it was insightful and rewarding. I bought several rugs directly from the women who make them. I will be returning to Oaxaca for two weeks and I plan to go on their tour again. It goes on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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los angeles
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

En via has created an experience for the visitor to Oaxaca to learn, experience and contribute to building systems of advancement, strong families and communities that utilize their resources. What a highlight of my week in Oaxaca, meaningful and gratifying to see what collective efforts can create and produce.

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Camrose, Alberta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Not only was the tour well organized and interesting, we were helping the local economy, and specifically local people.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I was very moved by this experience. We met a family who makes a living as artisan weavers. Watching them take a ball of raw wool and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece was truly incredible. This organization (EnVia) provides micro-loans for these women to establish and maintain their businesses. They are doing very important work and ensuring that these... More 

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