ProjectCommunauts: Making tourism work for all

Project context

Tourism is an important source of income in many developing countries. However, only a small number of tourist operators incorporate local and sustainable goods in their supply chain. This practice excludes local producers and entire communities from the financial benefits of tourism. With this lack of access to tourism markets, local producers need an agent to connect the demands of the tourism industry with the supply of local communities.

Project objective

The independent social enterprise, Communauts, will be established in target countries in order to provide a professional and market-based development service that links the supply of locally produced products and services to market demand. Communauts will trade both raw material and processed products such as food, handicraft, cosmetics, cleaning products and clothing. Communauts will ensure that products are high quality, locally sourced, fairly traded and use eco-friendly production methods. Communauts also offers services relevant for the tourism industry such as training of local staff and service providers or sustainability consulting. The pilot will be implemented in Uganda, before spreading the idea to other countries.

Project outcome

Communauts aims to fight poverty and improve living standards by supporting local communities in developing countries to connect with the tourism industry and provide them with local products and services. The focus on ecological and fairly traded products and local trade relations protects natural and social resources for future generations. Communauts builds on existing institutions (tourism, NGO’s, microcredit institutions, social enterprises) and communities, and collaborates with both to find suitable offers and support networking. If you want to get involved, contact us!

startgreenawardThe Communauts project was among the finalists of the StartGreen Award 2015. The StartGreen Award aims to find  innovative ideas that serve as examples for the Green Economy in Germany, and thus strengthen the green start-up scene. Out of a total of 182 applying initiatives, the Communauts made it to the final round of the 2015 competition.

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