Chileway, Experience-based Tourism (Viña del Mar – Chile)

An experience-based tourism company offering unique cultural trips, with offices in Reñaca – Viña del Mar,  Santiago de Chile and Boca Raton – Florida, USA. Contribution by de Ricardo Ziede, founder of Chileway The company started out at the end of 2010, when Ricardo Ziede, its founder, returned to Chile after a taking a trip covering […]

The Community Empowerment International Fund (La Limonada – Guatemala)

Micro-loans to start and grow businesses in La Limonada, fighting poverty in this vulnerable area of Guatemala Contribution by Samuel Brizuela, director of The Community Empowerment International Fund (FAC) La Limonada used to be nothing more than a ravine running through Guatemala City, Guatemala. During a decade-long civil war which began in the 1950’s, many […]

Study for Habitat Improvement Workshop (Filadelfia – Paraguay)

Permanent social irrigation technology for peasant farmers and indigenous communities. The Chaco is an inhospitable region in the centre of South America. The land is fertile, despite there being insufficient amounts of organic materials and low humidity levels: it only rains, even if heavily, two to three times a year. It is a region where […]

The Working World (Buenos Aires – Argentina)

Solidarity based finance working for recovered enterprises and cooperatives. In 2002, Argentina was beset by a devastating economic crisis, the worst in its recent history. The peso-dollar parity was abandoned, the banking sector collapsed and the economy went into severe recession. In practically all the production sectors, enterprises -the majority of them factories- filed for […]

Laigüiraki Corporation (San Francisco – Colombia)

The agro-ecological school of the Laigüiraki Corporation is located in San Francisco, 45 minutes away (by car) from Bogota. Since 2005, the corporation works with farmer communities in order to implement a system of organic and agro-ecological poduction. In the school they not only exchange and difuse agro-ecologic technolgogies, but they look to involve the final consumers, mainly through experiences […]

Solidarity and Community-based Tourism Network (Bolivia)

TUSOCO is the Solidarity and Community-based Tourism Network of Bolivia. In 2004 they started with eight entrepreneurships, today there are 26 all across the national territory. Most of them are leaded by farmers and indigenous communities which see solidarity tourism as a complementary source of income, and as a tool to safeguard their culture and traditions. Tourists […]

Estación A (Areguá – Paraguay)

Fair trade and handicrafts, art and social transformation, culture and community-based tourism, childhood and environment. Realted links: http://www.estacion-a.org.py/ – Official website http://www.wfto-la.org/ – WFTO-LA (World Fair Trade Organisation –Latin America)   A full article about this initiative is coming soon. Follow us on Facebook and or Twitter email in order to know when it happens.

Rural Tourism Network (Salta – Argentina)

In Salta, a vineyards region in northern Argentina, peasant communities decided to create a network to start offering home-stay based tourism, respectful of the local culture and ecosystems. The Rural Tourism Network of Salta centralised the commercialisation of the tourist services, guaranteeing a fair redistribution of the income and eliminating the sense of competition between the communities. Moreover, in a participative and inclusive […]

Zapallo Verde (Quito – Ecuador)

The co-operative El Zapallo Verde is a responsible consumption network in Quito. Four years ago, a small group of consumers began to seek a way to buy hand-made and agricultural products, directly from the organic producers of the surrounding area. Today there are 300 members who, through a website and once per week, buy from the four farmers and eight organic […]

Community-based Tourism Plurinational Federation (Ecuador)

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Due to its natural and cultural variety, Ecuador is one of the most visited countries in South America, a mass tourism that does not bring any benefit to the local communities. About 20 years ago, they began to talk about community-based tourism; in particular indigenous tourism, given the huge presence of indigenous peoples all across the country (14 nationalities and 25 […]

Artisans’ Association Senor de Mayo (El Alto – Bolivia)

The Artisans’ Association Señor de Mayo has been working for more than 20 years, in a collective and self-managed way, with the artisans of El Alto, the biggest slum in La Paz. They export high quality products, which range from textiles made of alpaca to Andean musical instruments. They became one of the biggest and most successful enterprises in Bolivia, creating jobs in fair conditions […]

Palmas Bank (Fortaleza – Brasil)

The Palmas Bank was founded in 1998 in the Conjunto Palmeiras (50.000 inhabitants), a Fortaleza slum, in the Brazilian nordeste. It is the combination of a complementary currency (today accepted by the 97% of shops and supermarkets in the Conjunto) and a social bank (whose activity is focussed on productive microcredit). They were the pioneers in the […]

Community-based Tourism Network of Ceara (Fortaleza – Brazil)

The Community-based Tourism Network of Ceara brings together 11 coastal communities and two association in Fortaleza: Mulheres em Movimento and the Frei Humberto Centre for Training, Capacity Building and Research (of the Rural Workers Landless Movement). They consider tourism as a strategy to strengthen the communities’ resistance and organisation capacity, with the aim of reinforce their autonomy while […]