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Fundacion En Via

#1 of 35 Tours in Oaxaca
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Address: Avenida Juarez #909 | Colonia Centro, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: +52-951-515-2424
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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Wonderful microfinance tour!

This was a great experience! We visited 2 weavers, a leather making shop and a woman who makes desserts--all were able to increase their production through Envia's microfinance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great experience! We visited 2 weavers, a leather making shop and a woman who makes desserts--all were able to increase their production through Envia's microfinance loans. We had a lovely meal at an En via financed restaurant and met a great group of people.

Thank Delgadina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cost of the trip (750 pesos, about $40 US when I went) was well worth the experience, especially since all of that money went directly into funding loans for local women (2 people's tour fees is enough for a woman's first loan with the organization). First, meeting the businesswomen and hearing about their businesses was super interesting. We met... More 

Thank Allyson B
Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved visiting the different local women and their businesses in their homes with the knowledgeable Envia team (a translator and a guide). As we drove to each location, the team filled us in on the vision and mission of En Via and helped us tour participants understand the significance of the microfinancing program En Via has implemented to help... More 

Thank kardonovan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a wonderful tour, I felt really inspired by meeting these women who have so little but give so much for their families. En Via is an incredible charity too, everything is so thoughtfully and intelligently done.

Thank lewis42
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour I took with Fundacion En Via. I was traveling alone and met five other travelers at the Cultural Center. My tip, make SURE you know exactly where you are going as nobody at my hotel, nor the two taxi drivers knew where this was or had heard of Fundacion En Via. Although I speak Spanish... More 

Thank fiorentina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

En Via is a great organization, really touching the needs of the people living in the villages. The price of the trip goes to 100% into microfinancing of the projects. And you will get a unique experience for it. It's the best thing you can do as a tourist in Oaxaca - for yourself and for the locals!

Thank Wiebke C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We went on a special tour, where we visited 3 borrowers and a local festival. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday! EnVia is doing a great job on helping these women out and it was very interesting to talk to them to hear what they were doing with the money. We visited 2 ladies... More 

Thank Smeerebeer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I knew En via by lonely planet guide book. After i joined the tour, the only thing i could say is that thank you for doing such a "big small things". The tour opened my eyes for sure but the most impressed part is the moment when i saw those women and heard the story. The experience which they suffered... More 

Thank Glenfwx
Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

My family joined a group of about 6-8 others and loaded up in a van with a guide and translator (both volunteers passionate about their work). Everyone in our group was American and the tour conducted in English. We headed off to visit a garlic farmer, a pig farmer, and two rug weaving families. I was a bit nervous about... More 

Thank alsawo
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

An outstanding experience, a unique opportunity to see first hand the power of En Via's micro financing model at work through a peek into the lives of some the women this extraordinary organization is helping and to see firsthand the positive impact they are having.

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