Make A Difference
Bohol Island, Philippines
Maribojoc is a seaside community on the island of Bohol. There are 50 families that rely on fishing and farming for income. In 2013, Bohol was hit with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, followed by typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the country. In this time, many people in Maribojoc lost their homes. Gawad Kalinga, the Philippines largest non-profit organization, works to build homes for marginalized communities across the Philippines. Their social enterprise offshoot, Make A Difference Travel, has helped the community of Maribojoc develop the organizations first community-run homestay.
Working with Make A Difference Travel, Planeterra provided funds to build capacity and support home renovations to convert 17 homes into homestays. The program will help people rebuild their homes, install proper washroom facilities, provide homestay training and capacity building, as well as employ community members and youth to be part of the tourism industry. G Adventures travellers visit and stay in the community, homestays, dine at the local restaurant, and experience a farm tour and mangrove-planting outing. As the program grows and spreads to new communities, there is potential to help hundreds of people benefit from tourism in the Philippines.
"Before we had a hard time managing the community. People would fight each other over the smallest things, and people often abused alcohol leading to fights. Our vision for the Maribojoc Community Homestay is to create a community-wide income stream by training local tour guides, creating an organic farm-to-table restaurant, developing business that sell food products and handicrafts in a souvenir shop, and providing comfortable homestays for travellers"
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