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Fundacion En Via

#7 of 179 Tours in Oaxaca
Oaxaca, Mexico
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About Fundacion En Via
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, the profits from the tours fund En Via's micro-loan and education programs.
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Gayle A wrote a review Nov 2021
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We had a wonderful Day of the Dead experience. We visited the home/workshop of three women artisans. They demonstrated their crafts and also asked us to join them to the creation of their altar and the welcoming of their families' spirits. The experience was beautiful, intimate and felt very authentic. In addition to the tour being truly awesome, we really appreciated the way nearly 90% of our tour fee goes back to EnVia's micro-loan program facilitating these women artists and their economic independence and success. This is a fabulous organization and wonderful experience.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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andadora wrote a review Nov 2021
Bay Area, CA23 contributions13 helpful votes
I went on a Day of the Dead tour with this group. It was amazing. Not only did we get to support the micro loan program but we had an experience that was unforgettable.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Sarah R wrote a review Nov 2021
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I went on a Day of the Dead tour in Oaxaca with Fundacion En Via and highly recommend booking a tour with the organization. It's a great way to learn about micro-financing, to learn about the culture of Oaxaca, and to support local women. I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to experience part of Day of the Dead as a native would. I also enjoyed my time with the others on tour, and interacting with Rufina, Gloria, Nadia, Ruth and Mark. If you care about responsible tourism, book a tour with Fundacion En Via!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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kitcatta wrote a review Oct 2021
Marietta, Georgia63 contributions16 helpful votes
Can’t recommend this highly enough. Get out of the rather exclusive, expensive city center and see how the average Oaxacan actually lives in the villages where the original Zapotec and Mayan descendants reside. And they are so proud to show off the businesses that they’ve been able to launch with the help of EnVia. These are sweet but strong women, and you’ll be amazed by their accomplishments and how it has a positive impact on their whole community.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Yona Abrams wrote a review Aug 2021
Berkeley, California, United States10 contributions3 helpful votes
I really loved this tour. This was the second or third time I've done it in the last few years, and it still was a real highlight of my trip to Oaxaca. It was so interesting to see people's homes and workshops, and I loved being able to ask questions (however random, even about the type of tree right outside). It was also a special thing to interact with the women. Thank you for arranging the details of the trip as well as the project as a whole....
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Date of experience: July 2021
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