Parque de la Papa
Parque de la Papa is seeing an increase in tourist activity due to their ongoing partnership with Planeterra. This increase allows the park to invest in more opportunities. Planeterra has also funded a micro-enterprise (in 2014) owned by a group of 16 women who make medicinal teas by hand, from one of the six communities. The women sell their teas at one of our other projects, the Parwa Community Restaurant. Today the Peruvian government nominated Parque de la Papa as an Agrobiodiversity zone which recognizes and supports their conservation work.
The Parque de la Papa is an organization of five communities located in the highlands of the Sacred Valley in Cuzco, Perú. More than 7,000 Indigenous community members currently work together to preserve the area with hundreds of varieties of native potato (around 1,300) as well as the knowledge and ancient teaching related to the cultivation and management of their agricultural landscape – a cornerstone of life in the area. Though resources are limited, their lands are considered a centre of potato origin and diversity. Currently, the potato is one of the four most important crops on earth, produced and preserved throughout the centuries by them.
Economic opportunities that enable Indigenous people to remain living in the communities in which they have traditionally lived for generations are desperately needed. That’s why Parque de la Papa was created in 2006 with the support of many international organizations. They have launched agro-tourism programs and developed community micro-enterprises related to tourism services and activities with the purpose of creating economic opportunities. However, the community enterprises were in need of customers to reach their full potential and achieve financial success. The community enterprises had significant barriers accessing the international market, and when they did gain access, they risked losing their unique traditions and cultures. Women continue to face barriers accessing the formal job market, and youth continue to have limited access to jobs and education, and so often migrate to the big cities.
Our ground partners, Ubuntu Team, empowers communities and creates jobs through social impact businesses in Kenya through Ubuntu Made, Ubuntu Cafe, and Ubuntu School. G Adventures supports Ubuntu Made and Ubuntu Cafe by including a stop at the Cafe on our tours in Kenya. By making intentional purchasing decisions, G Adventures are helping to provide a customer base to the Ubuntu Team that are providing jobs for marginalized women in Kenya. G Adventures travellers enjoy an included meal by Ubuntu Cafe, as well as shop the products sol locally as well as internationally as memorable and impactful souvenirs. These social businesses serve our Ubuntu School. Ubuntu School combats injustice surrounding the community of children with special needs by providing therapy, education, and vocational training.