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Fundacion En Via

Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 50 Activities in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Sightseeing Tours
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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
Westminster, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I went on one of the special Day of the Dead tours while I was in Oaxaca and it was an amazing experience. I loved meeting the women and learning about their customs and traditions. I would highly recommend Fundacion En Via to anyone visiting Oaxaca and I will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Joined the En Via group on a Saturday morning for a trip to 2 villages and met 6 women who were recipients of the tiny "starter" loans that En Via provides. It was wonderful to hear their stories, and witness first-hand what a change the loans had made in their lives. I was worried the visits would seem staged and... More

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Emeryville, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I went on a special "tour" for Day of the Dead and had a great time! It was nice to be able to see how a local family celebrates the holiday, not to mention talking with us about their work and lives. And of course knowing the fee supports such wonderful people adds to the whole experience. Highly recommended (for... More

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Fayetteville, West Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This organization does fantastic work. Learning about the organization, meeting the women who benefit and seeing the work they produce was an afternoon well spent! The tour may seem expensive to some but not when you consider that all of your money goes directly to loans. Cecilia is a tour de force!!!

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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I don't usually go on day tours, and was a little hesitant at first about the price, my day with En Via was by far the best part of my time in Oaxaca (and maybe of my entire 2 week trip to Mexico). I learned more in the hours I spent speaking to En Via staff, visiting local communities totally... More

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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