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Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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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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Giving back (a little) in Oaxaca

Three of us spent a wonderful day visiting En Via microloan recipients in San Miguel del Valle and Teotitlan. I can't think of a more educational, inspirational and worthwhile use... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Three of us spent a wonderful day visiting En Via microloan recipients in San Miguel del Valle and Teotitlan. I can't think of a more educational, inspirational and worthwhile use of our time. Our tour fee contributed to the small, interest free loans for women in the Oaxacan valley, enabling them to start small businesses and become self sufficient. The... More 

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Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Oaxaca City was one of my favourite things about my trip to Mexico, only there for a week I was so glad that we stumbled across En Via and their outstanding and inspiring tours. Our days tour was out to San Miguel with a small group keen to see some of the outer communities and how some of the famous... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Spent the day visiting start up businesses para mujeres.... This was over 2 years ago, and still brings fond memories of both our guide and the women...not to mention the beautiful drives in the countryside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This was, by far, the best thing that I did in Oaxaca. The organization uses tour fees to give out small, interest-free loans to women artisans and entrepreneurs who don't have access to startup capital for their businesses. On the tour, we learned about microfinance and met two groups of women who had received loans. I learned an immense amount... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Fundación En Vía does a phenomenal job promoting responsible tourism while simultaneously educating participants on micro finance in México. The program model is well thought out and that shines through at every moment. Additionally, the ability to meet the women in the program firsthand adds a personal dimension to the entire tour experience not found elsewhere. The day was well... More 

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Seattle, Washington
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This tour was amazing...both for the culture we experienced first hand but also for the insight into the work this organization is doing. From lunch in a local family home to learning the weaving process (the dying process was especially interesting) to sitting in the back yard of a family home to hear about a very creative shoe business we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

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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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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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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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