En Via assists strong women in the financial aspect of achieving life goals, supporting their determined quests to start up private businesses.
Tour revenue will be invested to fund local women in starting their own independent businesses with interest-free loans, offering them a chance to make a substantial impact on both their own lives and the community.
Every Thursday and Saturday (and Wednesdays from January to March). There will be more visits during holidays. Group tours (5 or more people) will be offered on demand.
1:00 pm (weekdays) / 9:00 am (Saturday)
Adults, Families, Professionals
1 to 12
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Hat, Rain gear, Sunscreen lotion
Visit local communities and meet with women entrepreneurs to learn about their projects. Listen and interact with women presenting their project —whether its weaving rugs or raising chickens, selling flowers or making tortillas—, and learn about their project plans and accomplishments. Through these interactions, you will have the opportunity to taste local foods, admire the daily rhythms of life, understand local economies, and discover beautiful indigenous communities. On every tour, visitors meet an inspiring group of hard-working, optimistic, and problem-solving women who create their own successes through their skills and tenacity. The tour experience offers a personal view of local life that ordinary tourism doesn't permit.
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 who weave, with one living with her mother who showed us how she made tortillas and a lady who made beautiful aprons. The festival afterwards was great as well! We were the only tourists there and were invited as royal guests: getting cocoa drinks from the villagers to thank us for coming and everything. It was a very special experience that we will never forget!
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 how the tour would go for my two and five year old sons, but I shouldn't have been. They loved watching the demonstrations, asking questions, and ducking off from the group to play with the women's kids and grandkids. When we stopped for lunch at a small local restaurant, the guides were very kind to arrange quesadillas for my kids rather than the mole and chile rellenos that the adults ate.
There was no pressure to make a rug purchase, although some people in the group did. However, if extensive rug shopping is your priority, this isn't the best option. Budget time to head back to Teotitlan de Valle later in a taxi with a driver who can take you to a whole bunch of different shops to find exactly what you want (at a cost of only about $8/hour).
However, this tour provides a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and truly interact with locals. 100% of your tour fee goes to micro loans for the women business owners you visit.
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.
Instituto Cultural, Oaxaca, OA, Mexico
To support the growth and creation of income-generating businesses, and encourage personal development through participatory programs that promote the empowerment of women, the well being of their families, and the strengthening of community.