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Fundacion En Via

Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 49 Activities in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: En Via is a non-profit microfinance organization working to fight poverty around Oaxaca, and to...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

These tours were excellent. We had the opportunity to visit several pueblos near Oaxaca to see traditional artisans at work and hear from these women how their participation in En Via's micro loan and education programs improved their lives and their community. It was humbling to understand that a very small amount of money can make a very large difference... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

En Via provides a tour that allows you to understand so much of the culture in this area. Women have the skill and knowledge, along with the work ethic necessary to be successful, but lack the financial backing. En Via provides interest free loans to women, all supplied only by the money raised with tours. If possible - go find... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was a beautiful and enriching way to explore the world of many artisans who contribute to the multifaceted culture of Oaxaca. Visiting women who made rugs, crafted leather goods, and cooked delicious tortillas, our tour was not rehearsed, nor was it typical tourist fare. Instead, we had an opportunity to view these businesswomen participating in their passion to grow... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I went on one of the special Day of the Dead tours while I was in Oaxaca and it was an amazing experience. I loved meeting the women and learning about their customs and traditions. I would highly recommend Fundacion En Via to anyone visiting Oaxaca and I will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Joined the En Via group on a Saturday morning for a trip to 2 villages and met 6 women who were recipients of the tiny "starter" loans that En Via provides. It was wonderful to hear their stories, and witness first-hand what a change the loans had made in their lives. I was worried the visits would seem staged and... More 

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Emeryville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I went on a special "tour" for Day of the Dead and had a great time! It was nice to be able to see how a local family celebrates the holiday, not to mention talking with us about their work and lives. And of course knowing the fee supports such wonderful people adds to the whole experience. Highly recommended (for... More 

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Fayetteville, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This organization does fantastic work. Learning about the organization, meeting the women who benefit and seeing the work they produce was an afternoon well spent! The tour may seem expensive to some but not when you consider that all of your money goes directly to loans. Cecilia is a tour de force!!!

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I don't usually go on day tours, and was a little hesitant at first about the price, my day with En Via was by far the best part of my time in Oaxaca (and maybe of my entire 2 week trip to Mexico). I learned more in the hours I spent speaking to En Via staff, visiting local communities totally... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Yes, this tour costs more than most, but I paid attention to the excellent reviews and decided to splurge during our week visit to Oaxaca. I liked that the tour fee would go directly back into providing more microloans for local women's businesses, and felt that the money would be well spent. It was. En Via made it easy to... More 

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I took this trip after it was recommended by Janine, who has commented below, and she did indeed go on it again, with me! It was fascinating to see how the scheme worked and meet the various women - when I went we met one running a restaurant, two who weave rugs and one who breeds sheep. It was a... More 

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