Fundación En Vía

Fundación En Vía (link) is a non-profit microfinance organization working to fight poverty around Oaxaca and to educate travelers from around the world about the power of microfinance.

We run tours to Teotitlan del Valle, a town about half an hour outside of Oaxaca, where participants get to connect with local women and experience a very special glimpse into life in Oaxaca. They also get to fundacion en viasee first-hand how microfinance works, and put their money to work in a way that has a real impact on the community.

Participants meet women who are applying for our loans, and learn about the women's lives and businesses - which could be anything from weaving beautiful rugs to raising chickens, making tortillas, or selling flowers in the local market.

At the end of the day, we use 100% of our tour fees to provide interest-free micro-loans to our borrowers, and once the loan is paid back, to support the rest of our work in the community.

When: Every Thursday (1-7) and Saturday (9-4)

Tour cost: $655 MXN or $50 US

*Cost includes lunch, and 100% of the tour fee is used as an interest-free micro-loan.

For more information visit www.envia.org or email info@envia.org