GASTRONOMIC TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Cenote Yaal Utzil, Mucuyche - Mexico

Empower women through sustainable tourism

"What makes us happy is doing what people say we can't!"

                                                                  Silvia  Cante Quijano, Cenote Yaal Utzil

 

What is the project about?

This project consists in supporting local women in developing the necessary skills to benefit from tourism and at the same time, offer a unique experience by sharing their culture through the traditional Mayan cuisine. The privileged community is Mucuyche, located one hour south from Merida, Yucatan Peninsula. Through this project, we aim to improve the quality of life and generate new opportunities, and at the same time make improvements in touristic and natural attractions like cenotes. A cenote is a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. The beauty is stunning, and the opportunity to generate local wealth and empower women through tourism is a solid way to contribute to community-based tourism.

How is VSocial involved in the project?

It is a grassroots effort from VSocial Foundation, supporting indirectly more than 150 people and directly 15 families and relatives; plus, the local people and tourists who visit the cenote. We work hard to promote an inclusive development of tourism, fostering capacity building, developing new products, and above all; stimulate confidence, hope and enthusiasm to start their own business.

 

What impact does the commitment have?

At the moment there are 6 empowered women starting their own family project. New opportunities have started to become a reality in the town of Mucuyche, and hopefully this will facilitate better access to health, food, education and opportunities for the young to stay in the village and work in tourism. After all, the project provides a better experience for tourists visiting the cenote (facilities, security, quality of service), and will eventually attract more tourists that by consuming locally, will crop in economic inclusion. Of course, we can’t forget that community-based tourism fosters authentic interactions between tourism and the local community, and we just love being part of this.

Support the Gastronomic Development Project for Women directly with your donation*!

* After you have sent us your details, we will contact you to organize the donation process with you. Soon there will be the possibility to donate by Paypal or credit card.

Our donation account at Commerzbank Recipient: viSozial e.V.
IBAN: DE 527 008 000 008 560 894 00
BIC: DRESDEFF700
Account number: 856089400Bank 
code: 700 800 00

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