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Fundacion En Via

Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 54 Activities in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Sightseeing Tours, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: En Via is a non-profit microfinance organization working to fight poverty around Oaxaca, and to...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sightseeing Tours, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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.

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English first
Coquitlam, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

During my 18 day stay I went on three trips with En Via to visit and talk with women in various pueblos who receive microloans from En Via. These trips enriched my time in Oaxaca, giving me a depth of understanding of the daily life of the people in the area that I would never have had had I gone... More 

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

For as little as $100.00 US this organization is helping to improve the lives of women in 6 different pueblos. All money that you spend for the tour goes back directly into either no cost or low cost interest loans. And what a tour!! I took two of these tours and met a total of 12 different ladies, who were... More 

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NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This was my second time on an En Via tour, and, again, a highlight of my trip to Oaxaca. This tour offers an insiders view of village life while learning about how micro financing serves to lift up communities and empower women. We met at least 5 women who described their cottage industries and how the program has helped them.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

I loved meeting women and families in their homes to see their business - supported by micro-finance foundation, En Vie. The tour itself was fun, interesting and well organised. I was taken with the humble pride shown by the women in their work and what they'd achieved. I'd never have seen, or appreciated, their skill without this tour. Thanks Kim... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

An excellent tour and a worthwhile organization to support. The tour gives a close feeling of economic life in the Oaxaca region and an interesting look into the lives of En Via's creative participants. Anyone visiting Oaxaca would benefit from this experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We travelled with En Via to two villages and met six women supported through their micro finance. The interactions were inspiring and touching and the whole day was superb. Am absolutely golden experience that will be unforgettable. One of the best and most authentic ways to experience Oaxaca and it's people and culture. Loved it.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My family participated in several tours in the state of Oaxaca during our recent vacation, but this was by far the stand-out experience. Being able to meet local women who have been empowered through En Via loans to start small businesses was incredible! Kim was a fantastic translator and guide, helping us get to know a little more about their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

These tours were excellent. We had the opportunity to visit several pueblos near Oaxaca to see traditional artisans at work and hear from these women how their participation in En Via's micro loan and education programs improved their lives and their community. It was humbling to understand that a very small amount of money can make a very large difference... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

En Via provides a tour that allows you to understand so much of the culture in this area. Women have the skill and knowledge, along with the work ethic necessary to be successful, but lack the financial backing. En Via provides interest free loans to women, all supplied only by the money raised with tours. If possible - go find... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was a beautiful and enriching way to explore the world of many artisans who contribute to the multifaceted culture of Oaxaca. Visiting women who made rugs, crafted leather goods, and cooked delicious tortillas, our tour was not rehearsed, nor was it typical tourist fare. Instead, we had an opportunity to view these businesswomen participating in their passion to grow... More 

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