WHAT WE DO
We aim to build collaborative projects which connect agriculture, local trade and cultural tourism with the aim to build and strengthen locally closed value chains – from the production through transformation to consumption.
The main objectives are to increase the local added value generated through tourism and to distribute this added value to other economic sectors of the valley.
In this way, tourism can contribute to the sustainable economic development of the region and can play an important role to preserve (and increase) local workplaces, as well as maintaining know-how and tradition.
New life must be incubated. The same holds true for small community enterprises. Starting a business on the right foot is essential to its ultimate survival. Business incubators are programs designed to aid in the successful development of entrepreneurial companies.
We believe there are 5 main types of assistance for effective entrepreneur development systems at the state, regional or local level:
- Entrepreneurship education and training
- Technical assistance and counseling
- Access to capital
- Entrepreneurial networking
- Supportive culture and policy
We guide communities through the 4 major steps in entrepreneurship program development:
- Strategy: Pursue a realistic economic opportunity
- Leadership: Build and connect local capacity
- Implementation: Create value for the entrepreneurs
- Sustainability: Leverage resources to maintain momentum
THE SLOW VILLAGES PROJECT
Slow Villages came into existence through the organic assimilation of concepts taken from the slow movement philosophy. We adopted the principle goals of attaining a better quality of life and cultivating a more conscious society and applied it to rural tourism, creating community initiatives based on local produce and culture.
Traditional tourism in Peru rarely provides an opportunity for communities and it is becoming increasingly apparent that the very heritage on which tour agents rely is slowly disappearing as people migrate away from villages seeking work. Those left behind forget about their traditions and cultural sites, connecting them with negative experiences.
We believe that there is a more constructive way forward and that is to involve the community and help them to revive traditional activities that would be of interest to mindful visitors looking for meaningful experiences. We connect people to the heart of travel, providing learning opportunities for both host and visitor. This is a world away from organized tours.
The tourist stops being a mere observer and becomes involved in the life of the inhabitants of those places you visit. Whether helping them in their daily lives or sharing their customs, the Slow Village Project enables a beautiful exchange of culture and ideas. By taking the road less traveled, you can truly explore another way of life and move beyond commercial tourism. Cultural immersion has a positive impact on travelers and the local community alike, it teaches us to appreciate and respect cultural differences.
Experiential travel in itself supports the local economy through the purchases that are made while traveling, but the human exchanges are what will ultimately help lead to long term, positive change. These projects generate a creative background that reinforces cultural identity and traditional practices, allowing the communities to conserve their past whilst preparing for the future.
GENDER EQUALITY & YOUTH GOVERNANCE PROJECTS
Rural development can be a powerful force for change when it includes and empowers poor rural women and men. Economic growth on its own does not change lives – but investing in the resilience and market participation of small-scale producers can make a lasting difference.
To farm successfully, smallholders need secure access to land and water, affordable electricity, better access to financial services, paved roads and transportation to get their products to market, and access to technology for up-to-date and reliable market information. They also need to be linked to functioning markets so that they have an incentive to invest in improving production. IFAD supports projects that connect poor rural people to markets and services so they can grow more and earn more.
More than that, our projects also transform rural communities economically and socially, and promote gender equality and inclusiveness.