Two Projects Launched in Sri Lanka

This July was an exciting month for Planeterra in Sri Lanka, as not one but TWO of our new partnerships started to receive travellers from G Adventures. Each is a unique guesthouse with community empowerment at the heart of their business plans.

Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana

This quaint dairy farm is situated in a dolomite mining community. Owners Ayesha and Nalin aim to bring tourism to the community as an alternative means of income, and use the space to provide meaningful opportunities and training to anyone interested. Planeterra supported their work by funding a community garden to act as a seed bank for community members to begin their own home gardens. This program allows more community members to be involved in Tamarind Gardens, and works to improve access to healthy food. G Adventures' travellers will also be receiving a handmade bag from the women’s cooperative on site, which was a program initiated by Tamarind Gardens to support young mothers and provide them with an accessible income generating opportunity.

Read more about this partnership here.

Amba Chutney Cooperative, Bandarawela

This organic tea plantation is nestled in the hills of Ella. The estate provides fair employment opportunities, training and profit sharing for those working on the tea farm. With tourism growing in the valley, there is now the opportunity to support micro-enterprises that can benefit from the tourist volume coming to stay at Amba’s guest house and visit the farm. Planeterra has supported the first micro-enterprise in Bandarawela, a cooperative of six women that will be trained in chutney production. The chutney will be sold back to Amba, giving a built in market to the cooperative.

Read more about this partnership here.

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