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Fundacion En Via

Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 42 activities in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Educational Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. What En Via is doing to help these small communities is truly amazing! We loved visiting the business owners' homes and seeing what they were doing, and seeing some beautiful parts of rural Oaxaca. Also had the best meal of our holiday cooked by one of the... More

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Stanford, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The tour was well-organized. It went on time, our guides Kim and Celine were knowledgeable, friendly and patient. The only minor hiccup is that we couldn't find our last visitee in Abasolo, which isn't so surprising when many houses and streets are unlabelled, plus people have work to do. This is a rare chance to respectfully and gladly meet local... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had a wonderful day meeting and learning about businesses women and their families are being assisted by this project. Congratulation to all involved, clearly a well organised and fantastic initiative. Shows how a little finance and support can make a difference to people with a passion to be financially independent. It made me feel humble thinking how much easier... More

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Manchester
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Spending a day with the guys from En Via (our guide Kim was wonderful, passionate and knowledgeable) was enlightening. If you look simply at the touristic value of the tour, then it's already worth it: you get transport to the villages, get a lunch and get to see traditional craft around Oaxaca - the whole tour lasts around 5 hours... More

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Baltimore
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I second what others have written about the experience provided by En Via. This organization provides small loans to women in the state of Oaxaca who are creating or expanding small businesses to support their families. When tourists take a mini bus trip to the countryside to meet some of these enterprising women, the price they pay for the tour... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We went on two incredible tours with En Via, each time visiting 6 different, wonderful women telling about their hopes and dreams. They shared their stories of rug making, candle making, store ownership, garlic selling, owning and operating a restaurant etc. and how En Via is making a difference in their businesses and lives. If after reading some of the... More

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We visited Oaxacan communities to meet women who have received interest free micro loans to develop their own business. They get support to improve their livelihood for themselves and their families, We were served lunch in the home of one of the women who is starting a restaurant. Delicious! The tour was a highlight of our trip to be able... More

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lafayette, CA
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

En Via was fantastic! We travelled to several pueblos outside of Oaxaca and met one-to-one with Mexican women using their microloans to advance their businesses. One made tortillas over her home wood fire, the other had a tiny little restaurant "comedor" others were weavers, etc. The women were fascinating to encounter so close-up. Also, the En Via folks - especially... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We highly recommend this tour. Tour fees are fed directly back to the women this organization supports via micro loans. We met with 5 fascinating women in their places of business/homes. We met two weavers, two chicken farmers, a pharmacist and a restaurant owner. Our children were able to work on a loom, we had a delicious meal and we... More

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Hastings on Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I was interested in taking this tour because it sounded to me like Fundacion En Via is doing great work in supporting women's small businesses in the rural area around Oaxaca. My expectations were far surpassed. Not only did I get to learn a lot about the wonderful work of the foundation, but it was a real privilege to enter... More

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