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Fundacion En Via

Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 46 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
Belmont, Massachusetts
1 review
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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3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Recommended to join the tour by some friends, we joined the day tour with Kim and her crew and had an awesome time. It was informative, inspiring and endearing. All of the women that we met, who benefited from the microfinance program, were so happy and thankful to be apart of the program, and as a result were so happy... More

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Palm Desert
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My husband and I recently went on this tour while visiting Oaxaca. It was definitely a highlight of our trip. It was wonderful to know that while we are meeting local women, admiring their work, and exploring local villages, our fees were going to help women help themselves. Kim, Kimbal and Lilly were all great hosts and guides for us.... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I just came back from taking this great day trip - it is so good I will likely take it again later in the week - as a different set of businesses will be visited then. Kim is an excellent guide and she was ably assisted by two volunteers, Kendal and Lilly. There were also some interesting shopping opportunities to... More

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Loreto, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fantastic experience.. It was both.heartwarming and educational to see the difference that their small interest free loans are making to rural women and families. I felt welcome In the homes of the hard working, proud, and motivated women we visited. The tours are an opportunity that should not be missed. Thanks to Kendall and Kim, our guides for the day.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It's not always easy while travelling to get a feel for how local people actually live - particularly in villages off the tourist trail. En Via tours are an opportunity to not only speak with local women and view village life, but also to create a positive impact along the way. Excellent translation removed any language barriers, and the women... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Tourism for a good cause. I learned a lot about what life is like in rural Oaxaca, in a setting that is respectful to the women involved.

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New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I came to Oaxaca on a program for US teachers to learn about the culture and history of the region. I decided to go on an En Via tour with a few teachers and we absolutely loved the experience. The Oaxacan women we met were incredible artists and entrepreneurs. The women who led the trip were fantastic and took all... More

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Austin, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

STOP! Before you do anything else in Oaxaca go on the En Via tour. It will be an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime and you will be doing a good thing for the community and the benefits will last for years to come. Where else can you do all that and have fun at the same... More

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