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Indigenous populations come out of poverty thanks to community-managed rural tourism in Ecuador

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Indigenous populations come out of poverty thanks to community-managed rural tourism in Ecuador

> What objectives do we want to achieve

Clients

Clients

845

indigenous Kichwa in poverty.

Opportunity

Opportunity

Inn

Economic Impact

Economic Impact

20% increase in income of the beneficiary communities.

Social Impact

Social Impact

Social inclusion of the indigenous communities.

Achievment in Place

Achievment in Place

20% increase in the municipal resources allocated to Community-Managed Rural Tourism.

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Impulsamos el turismo comunitario en zonas rurales de Ecuador

Indigenous populations come out of poverty thanks to community-managed rural tourism in Ecuador

Ecuador contains very attractive places for tourism. It receives thousands of visitors every year attracted by the natural landscapes and…
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Impulsamos el turismo comunitario en zonas rurales de Ecuador
Turismo rural comunitario en Ecuador

Ecuador contains very attractive places for tourism. It receives thousands of visitors every year attracted by the natural landscapes and cultural resources found in the country. These areas are inhabited by indigenous communities and are characterised by high levels of poverty, lack of basic services (preventing them from receiving tourists and enjoying decent living conditions) and low levels of human development.

Tourists visiting these areas show interest in learning about other cultures and enjoying unique experiences together with the indigenous communities. However, due to a lack of basic services or training, these communities cannot perform community-managed rural tourism.

CODESPA commits to developing these communities. We support them in structuring self-managed tourism packages so that they can earn an income from tourism, thus achieving a better future for them, their families and their communities. How do we do that?

  • We train indigenous families so that they can offer quality services according to the need of tourists.
  • The community learns to self-manage the sale of tourist services, thanks to the support and advice of private tourist companies with which we have alliances.
  • We promote public-private partnerships that increase the flow of tourists.

More than 3,500 people already benefit from this initiative currently underway with the collaboration of the AF Development Bank of Latin America, within the framework of the RUTAS programme: Community-managed tourism destinations with Sustainable Quality in Latin America.

Focussing on improving tourism management skills, this project allows families that have traditionally worked in agriculture to receive supplementary income from tourism and come out of poverty. This means they can earn income alternative to their main activity.