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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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I did this tour four years ago and it was insightful and rewarding. I bought several rugs directly from the women who make them. I will be returning to Oaxaca for two weeks and I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I did this tour four years ago and it was insightful and rewarding. I bought several rugs directly from the women who make them. I will be returning to Oaxaca for two weeks and I plan to go on their tour again. It goes on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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los angeles
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22 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

En via has created an experience for the visitor to Oaxaca to learn, experience and contribute to building systems of advancement, strong families and communities that utilize their resources. What a highlight of my week in Oaxaca, meaningful and gratifying to see what collective efforts can create and produce.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I was very moved by this experience. We met a family who makes a living as artisan weavers. Watching them take a ball of raw wool and turn it into a beautiful masterpiece was truly incredible. This organization (EnVia) provides micro-loans for these women to establish and maintain their businesses. They are doing very important work and ensuring that these... More 

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This was my second En Via Tour. This tour was based in San Miguel & we visited a variety of operations. It is truly great to visit these women in their homes as it gives us a peek into every day life in these villages. The women are very talented & ambitious. The embroiderer is particularly talented. Her work is... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It was great being able to see how En Via supports the women in rural Oaxaca. The experience was a very memorable one. We were able to visit rural Oaxaca that you would not experience in regular tours. The micro-lending program they offer is giving these women a chance at supporting their families and it was awesome seeing its success.... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Fundacion En Via, is an organization that provides micro lending to women in villages surrounding Oaxaca. Th full cost of the tour is turned back into loans for other micro loan projects. You have an opportunity with this tour to meet the women who are being funded, eat in their establishments as well as visit artisans. This way you... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I really liked the daylong experience, visiting with the women who receive the micro loans. The guides explained the process of making loans, and the effectiveness. I am not usually in favor of tours, but this was an exceptional day, in good company. Don't miss this!

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Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Fundación En Via is a micro-finance operation to help local women start or expand the business of their choice in the Oaxaca area by teaming 3 women together and loaning small but sufficient amount of money. They do a wonderful job and also provide day tours (about 6 hours long) to those interested in meeting some of these women and... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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10 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Fundacion En Via provides travelers with an experience of hope and promise within an economically developing country. We took a bus to villages outside of Oaxaca and were introduced to ordinary women who were working to make a difference in the lives of their families. We were invited into their living and working spaces to see what they were producing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is an unusual opportunity to both contribute to and to meet women who have received micro loans from the Fundación En Via to help them start and maintain their small businesses. We visited a small restaurant, a carpet weaver, an embroidered apron maker, and a tortilla producer. The women gave interesting presentations and in the process were polishing their... More 

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