sustainable tourism and appropriate technologies centre
A centre for sustainable tourism where travelers live, develop their Self,
relax and volunteer in our appropriate technologies and livelihoods
projects that impact nearby tribal communities.
A role model hamlet in terms of ecological practices, an unique case of
social innovation and sustainability, an opportunity for empower
underprivileged tribes by fostering micro-entrepreneurship towards
their autonomy, dignity and well-being.
We focus both on the ecologic and social impact, the
care for the surrounding people and environment.
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nature nurture live love
help the society
care for others
respect the environment
simplify your lifestyle
live in the moment
our logo and core values:
our motto and slogan:
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Tapola, Satara district, Maharashtra state, India (5 hours from Mumbai).
Natural surroudings with lakes and forests, mild temperatures during
indian summer, great accessibility by road from Mumbai or Pune.
and an unexplored market
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Katkari Tribes from nearby hamlets, facing overwhelming
discrimination practices and mainly living in bamboo huts
without a stable source of income, electricity, safe drinking
water, toilets or proper cooking methods.
Travelers looking for unique experiences, personal
development, volunteerism, community living, social
contribution and awareness raising (ecology, tribal lifestyle, etc).
Organizations interested in innovative corporate social
moral and cohesion while having long-term social impact).
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ecological construction and practices (local materials, bamboo/mud
bungalows, rainwater harvesting, solar energy, composting toilets, etc.)
organic farming and healthy indian/fusion solar restaurant
low-cost accommodation in a place without competitors
chill out area near the lake for resting, reading, meditation, yoga, etc.
construction, furniture and decoration made by local tribes as an
employment generation activity
facilities for team building events, artist residencies, etc.
small shop selling handicrafts and products made by tribes
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focus on slow tourism, community living and personal development
(e.g. book crossing, open communication workshops, self-awareness
exercises, meditation and yoga, debates, technology detox, etc.)
workshops on ecological practices, appropriate technologies, organic
farming, handicrafts, artistic expression using recycled materials, etc.
services delivered by local people (e.g. photography excursions,
kayaking on the lake, bicycle renting, etc.)
opportunity for volunteerism and field work on nearby tribal hamlets
(conduct trainings, support micro-entrepreneurs, awareness activities)
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space experience impact
deep trust relations with the tribes and empathy for their needs and
aspirations, having years of experience on working with them
research and dissemination of appropriate technologies as a means
for livelihood through nearby tribes
support of micro-tribal-entrepreneurs (financial literacy, skills training)
employment generation for tribes through goods and services
price for visitors based on gift economy (standard rate + donation)
financial sustainability for the non-profit organizations involved
whole revenue applied on the expansion of the project and the
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EXAMPLES OF PRACTICES.
App. technologies and micro-tribal-entrepreneurship livelihoods:
Handicrafts with local/recycling materials
Low-cost solar cookers and solar dryers
Biomass briquettes for cooking
Efficient irrigation systems for farming
Efficient cooking stoves
Beekeeping and selling of organic honey
Water filters made of local resources
Cold storage without electricity
Solar bulbs made of plastic bottles
Eco-toilets that use compost for trees
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AIILSG - All India Institute of Local Self-Government, a
wide NGO with more than 80 years of experience and
presence in all India, working on capacity building,
research and social development.
SHRAMIK JVS, a community-based organization working
with these tribal communities for more than 25 years on
information and awareness raising.
SAPANA.org, a young non-profit organization focused on
delivering new and innovative solutions for social
awakening and economic development: we empower
lives from passion to action.
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JOIN US AS AN INVESTOR!
opportunity to reach 9500 individuals in 125 villages in five years);
an healthy approach to social investment and corporate social
responsibility, focusing on long-term impact and sustainability both for
the beneficiaries and the non-profit organizations involved;
and visibility on media appearances, the eco hamlet website,
greatest change of
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