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Fundacion En Via

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Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52-951-515-2424
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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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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I was concerned this tour would be "poverty tourism" where well off people get to visit poor people and feel good about themselves. Wrong. Our tour was lead by two young... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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MI
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was concerned this tour would be "poverty tourism" where well off people get to visit poor people and feel good about themselves. Wrong. Our tour was lead by two young bi-lingual women who are super smart and dedicated, along with competent driver. Visiting some of the people this organization provides mico-loans to was about witnessing pride, hard work and... More 

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Thank DavidMi
Tulum, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The En Via tour was a chance to learn about the women receiving micro loans through this organisation who are starting businesses and producing the handicrafts and food that you see in the shops and markets around Oaxaca. I am involved with non profit work n Tulum, Mexico and so was curious to learn about the micro loan process. The... More 

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Thank aline360
Grass Valley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Learned about the micro loan process and then went to the village where we met with 5 different women to learn about their businesses and how the loans have helped them.

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Thank 622lap
Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great tour and met six women with micro loan. Three had been with English Via for their first loan and the others were on their 2nd to 4th loan. The tour takes you into their place of business and the guide / facilities are very good in communicating with the women who have joined En Via and... More 

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Thank Naivelter
Liberty Lake, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Participating in the En Via tour was the highlight of my 8-day trip to Oaxaca. I enjoyed being able to learn more about the En Via Foundation and how they are supporting local women to become economically self-sufficient.En via uses a comprehensive approach to empower women to become successful business owners. I loved meeting the women and hearing how they... More 

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Thank Susie L
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful day we spent on the En Via tour with Mica as our guide. Her enthusiasm for the program and her ability to connect us with the women entrepreneurs in the program made a for a truly memorable day. We met numerous women, all with different businesses underway thanks to the unique program offered by En Via. It... More 

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Thank upstatetraveler
La Jolla, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is exceptional...the organization provides interest free loans to women...you visit the villages, meet the women and hear their stories, buy their art if that's the business, AND, the entire cost is used for future loans! The staff is knowledgeable and engaging .

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Thank EllenJacobs
Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the past few years I have read about programs helping women in obscure communities. You can never quite get the impact until you see the results personally. The En Via tour did just that for me. The structure of the program monitors the dispersement of funds and allows the beneficiary to slowly build a little business that helps a... More 

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Thank Dennis C
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great day with En Via touring several of the micro-finance projects they fund in the villages surrounding Oaxaca. Meeting the women who are working so hard to support their families was incredibly rewarding and it was also super interesting to learn about the ins and outs of En Via's micro-finance operations from our passionate guide, Nicola.

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Thank Alanna G
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited En Via four or five times, most recently in Jan. 2016, and want to encourage anyone going to Oaxaca to seek the out. Taking a tour with them is a true visit to how people live in the villages, which is a blast, plus you get to support women who are trying to improve the lives of... More 

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