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Fundacion En Via

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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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Shaping tourism

the young women running the tours are absolutely fabulous, smart, well spoken, bordering on funny and witty. i admire the way this organization is shaping the vision of tourism... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Paauilo, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

the young women running the tours are absolutely fabulous, smart, well spoken, bordering on funny and witty. i admire the way this organization is shaping the vision of tourism. our group had about 12 people (all americans). the australian(kim) was very supportive of the trainee eugnia without being over bearing or patronizing. the tour takes you into the homes and... More 

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Stowe, Vermont, USA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Our En Via tour was the most memorable experience of our time in Oaxaca. It was a great way to get out of the tourist centers and to meet local people and see the rural way of life. I cannot think of a more responsible form of tourism, nor of a better cultural exchange. Our guides were fantastic - very... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Our tour to meet some of the En Via micro-loan recipients took us to a small village and several homes in the countryside. Each of the 4 stops was very different and we saw firsthand how people make their living from weaving, cooking and retail on a very modest scale. We were interested to learn that the money from the... More 

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Stowe, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Loved being able to support a good cause, meet local people and see a village outside of Oaxaca all in one tour! Great was to spend a day in Oaxaca. Highly recommend.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This tour was so fun! It was light-hearted and yet very meaningful. Both the tour guide and the translator were open and knowledgable, and they explained exactly how En Via helps local Mexican entrepreneurs and what their hopes are for the future. The best part was getting to see four different women present their business models and show us how... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If you are tired of ruins and church's, if you want to meet real people and learn about their work and dreams, this is the tour for you! En Via provides and funds micro loans to village woman by offering affordable tours to meet the women who will receive a loan as a result of the tour. My 6 hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you want something more fulfilling than shopping and seeing ruins, do the En Via tour. En Via makes micro finance loans to women to fuel small businesses like textiles, restaurants and livestock. The 6 hour tour involves a visits to the homes of the borrowers in towns outside of Oaxca to hear about their businesses and the role of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Wonderful way to see "real" Mexico and to help address poverty and womens' rights at the same time. This is a tour every visitor to Oaxaca City should do!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

En Via was an amazing experience. It cost 700 mexican pesos per person; the En Via office is located at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca (office hours are 9.30am to 1.30pm, Monday to Friday). We emailed Kim at kim@envia.org a few days ahead of time to reserve our spaces. On the day of the tour we visited several small businesses that... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Me and my 12 year old boy went on the tour on a Saturday. It was a fantastic experience. He tells everyone that it was one of the highlights of his trip. I would highly recommend it.

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