Describe the degree of success you have had to date. How do you measure, both quantitatively and qualitatively, the impact on sustainability or enhancement of local culture, environment, heritage, or aesthetics? How has it transformed or contributed to the power of place or demonstrated the sustainability of tourism? How does your approach minimize negative impacts?
We applied for and secured funding on behalf of the women’s handmade paper making project in Fairy Hill. They purchased equipment, received marketing assistance and attended seminars on operating a small business and fine handcrafts to enhance their skills. We continue to give them our shredded paper as raw material and purchase their products as guest stationary. Tours to the Maroon community are offered. We take journalists there to raise awareness of their cultural history. We purchase their produce and work together to develop agri-tourism. The village of Tom's Hope has been the source of a lot of fresh produce for years. We organise hikes there and visitors are escorted by the farmers providing an additional income source. All these linkages direct income flows to these communities. We have accessed funds from development programmes by contributing technical assistance on an honorary basis for literacy, vocational training and environmental awareness building. We have hosted the seminars complimentary and also conducted environmental awareness seminars in the communities ourselves. The ongoing support over the years has built up the trust base which is in itself is a measure of success in this long term process.