Fundación En Vía
Fundación En Vía
5
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
About
En Via is a non-profit microfinance organization whose mission is to empower women in the Tlacolula Valley of Oaxaca. We work to educate travelers about the power of microfinance and business education by connecting them with local women through visits to their communities. On these visits, travelers meet women who receive micro-loans to invest in their small businesses. We work with a diverse range of entrepreneurs, from women who make tortillas, to weavers, to convenience store owners. Participants hear about the women's lives and projects, and what they invest their loans in. The profits from the tours fund En Vía's micro-loan and education programs.
Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

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2023

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Julie
1 contribution
Jan 2020
My most favorite activity during my 9 days in Oaxaca. Didn't really know what to expect and now that I've gone on the tour I wish I could do it again. We visited 6 women, 3 in their own homes and the other 3 together in one home. One set was weavers and the other agricultural based. They gave presentations about how En Via microloans help them. The weavers also had items for sale and fair prices. I waited until going on this tour to purchase all of my Oaxaca gifts-- I know the gifts are authentic and where the money goes. My only regret is that we seemed a bit rushed at the first women's houses but I understand because we had a tight schedule and had to meet the other woman. The bus drive, Norman, was fantastic and the volunteers were great translators and very helpful. We stopped for lunch in one of the villages and it was delicious! Thanks, En Via!
Written January 21, 2020
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toomanycatvideos
Stockholm, Sweden100 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed EnVia's microfinance tour a lot, it was definitely one of the highlights on our trip to Mexico. It's a well-organized tour off the beaten path in a comfortable van with experienced guides/translators who gave us a lot of background knowledge about the foundations's work and the Valley of Oaxaca. Our tour included lunch which was really good, too. The best, however, was to meet the talented and hardworking women and to get an authentic impression of life in villages of the Valley of Oaxaca. I am deeply impressed by the artisans who create beautiful pieces from scratch and with very simple tools. Don't worry, there is no pressure to buy any of the pieces whatsoever. The tour has definitely changed the way I see the artisans on Mexican markets and it is wonderful that the price we paid for our tour is used to help women to improve their lives and grow their businesses. If I return to Oaxaca, I would do another tour with EnVia! I highly recommend this tour!
Written January 2, 2020
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Burt H
Seattle, WA33 contributions
Feb 2020
You should absolutely take this full-day tour to understand Oaxaca so much better. 9 of us with a guide in a comfortable van drove up the valley to the mountainside villages. We visited the homes of 5 women who have received loans from En Via to grow their businesses. One of them runs a restaurant where we had a delicious lunch with 4 options of chicken mole, chile relleno, enchilada or tamale. Our guide was great and we learned a lot about the ways of life for the ladies and the villages. This is totally different experience than the Ciudad de Oaxaca and you will remember it always. You will be proud that most of your ticket cost goes directly to making more loans!
Written February 18, 2020
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Kristina F
Minneapolis12 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
En Via is a nonprofit organization that hosts half day tours that highlight the work they are doing. Their main mission is giving interest-free "micro loans" to women entrepreneuers in the area around Oaxaca City.

We went on a tour in January 2022 with a small group of about 8 people (Covid still is having an effect on the size of outings like this).

Covid protocols were observed carefully - everyone had to show proof of vaccination, wear masks, and maintain social distance as much as possible.

We had the opportunity to visit with four different business women, all in the Teotitlan area - a restaurant owner and weaver, a weaver, a seller of plastic handmade bags, and a tortilla maker. They have all received loans, and all welcomed us into their homes and businesses.

The tour left at 1 pm and returned to the city around 6:30. We had lunch at the restaurant owner's place.

The tour gave us an unusual opportunity to see the homes of these hardworking women, and to hear of the challenges and successes that they have experienced.

We were told that most of the $60 (US) that we paid would go to help fund future loans. In addition to our driver, there was an interpreter and a person who helped to explain the program and to "set the stage" as we drove out to the village.

This is an great chance to engage in "responsible tourism" and to learn more about the lives of people in the Oaxaca area. We highly recommend this tour and program.
Written February 11, 2022
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Jan
Gainesville, FL5 contributions
Nov 2019
How can I say how great, moving, familial, and friendly this experience was? Including weaving demonstration, chocolate-making (hot chocolate served), lunch served with mezcal, opportunity to shop locally for crafts. At the end of the day we visited Maria's family cemetery on the Day of the Dead. Cemetery filled with families and flowers and emotion. Cost of tour goes toward micro loans to local women artisans.
Written April 10, 2020
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Karen
Seattle, WA20 contributions
Feb 2020
I took a half day tour to learn about the microfinance program for women in a village outside of Oaxaca. It was an excellent tour to learn about how some of these women in this village were given loans, training and support to start their own businesses. We visited a restaurant a women had started and had a delicious lunch, Also a collective of women, one who has started a chocolate business, weaves beautiful rugs and sews woven handbags with leather straps; and another women who has started selling jewelry she buys as well as helping with the sewing of the handbags. They were all very delightful, friendly and ready to engage and answer all our questions. All in all it was a most educational and wonderful tour especially meeting these amazing and creative women.
Written March 2, 2020
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Laura S
Austin4 contributions
Jan 2020
This was one of our most favorite days during our 7 days in Oaxaca. Karen (our guide) provided the history of the foundation and stories of the impact of this micro-finance non-profit for the women artisans and entrepreneurs. To meet the women and hear them tell of their business and the change that En Via has made in their lives was precious and powerful. It was fascinating to see them at their craft. A wonderful foundation well worth supporting!
Written January 23, 2020
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tomnjill
niagara on the lake, Ontario45 contributions
Feb 2020
A wonderful way to spend a day and gain insight into the daily lives and aspirations of these wonderful Oaxacana.
Our guides Dylan and Loredana were fantastically knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
The ladies were great...full of life and hope and working hard for their families.
Our fellow travellers were all very concerned and thoughtful folks.

All in all, I can't think of a better way to get a glimpse of the real Oaxaca and make a small impact on the lives of others at the same time.
Written March 5, 2020
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Natalie
Brooklyn, NY3 contributions
Feb 2020
Not only was I able to see different parts of Oaxaca but I was able to connect with the locals and meet artisans on another level. It was incredibly fulfilling and rewarding to meet so many talented female artisans and to better understand their challenges and successes. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone visiting or living in Oaxaca.
Written March 9, 2020
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MtAiryAve
Zipolite, Mexico73 contributions
Feb 2020
this tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Oaxaca. Although it's possible to visit various artisans on other tours, this is not the typical tour. You get a lot of insight into what it takes to build a business in challenging environments, and learn about the culture as well.
Written March 2, 2020
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