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Fundacion En Via

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Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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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A Unique and Invaluable Experience

En Via is an organization that provides mircoloans to women in Oaxaca looking to start or expand their private businesses. This tour gives you the opportunity to go into the homes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

En Via is an organization that provides mircoloans to women in Oaxaca looking to start or expand their private businesses. This tour gives you the opportunity to go into the homes and workshops of these women and see first hand how they make their crafts as well as the inner workings of mircoloans. On my tour, we saw two rug... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I cannot recommend enough, at the very least, taking a tour of a couple villages where this organization runs a micro--lending program with village women. You can meet the women and learn more about their businesses... and see charming villages near Oaxaca City too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

First and foremost, I want to say that this foundation's mission is excellent. Microloans to women is a very worthy effort. However, as a tourist on this trip, it was a little off putting. We went to visit some women that had a rug making company and it was very nice that they could tell us about the process and... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Our En Vi tour was an amazing experience! We got to visit six women who have received microloans and learn about their businesses - everything from selling garlic to traditional Zapotec weaving. The meetings were informal and fun, and En Via staff did a wonderful job facilitating the encounters and asking questions about the women's businesses. We got a taste... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

the young women running the tours are absolutely fabulous, smart, well spoken, bordering on funny and witty. i admire the way this organization is shaping the vision of tourism. our group had about 12 people (all americans). the australian(kim) was very supportive of the trainee eugnia without being over bearing or patronizing. the tour takes you into the homes and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Our En Via tour was the most memorable experience of our time in Oaxaca. It was a great way to get out of the tourist centers and to meet local people and see the rural way of life. I cannot think of a more responsible form of tourism, nor of a better cultural exchange. Our guides were fantastic - very... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Our tour to meet some of the En Via micro-loan recipients took us to a small village and several homes in the countryside. Each of the 4 stops was very different and we saw firsthand how people make their living from weaving, cooking and retail on a very modest scale. We were interested to learn that the money from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Loved being able to support a good cause, meet local people and see a village outside of Oaxaca all in one tour! Great was to spend a day in Oaxaca. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This tour was so fun! It was light-hearted and yet very meaningful. Both the tour guide and the translator were open and knowledgable, and they explained exactly how En Via helps local Mexican entrepreneurs and what their hopes are for the future. The best part was getting to see four different women present their business models and show us how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If you are tired of ruins and church's, if you want to meet real people and learn about their work and dreams, this is the tour for you! En Via provides and funds micro loans to village woman by offering affordable tours to meet the women who will receive a loan as a result of the tour. My 6 hour... More 

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Additional Information about Fundacion En Via

Address: Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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