- Social Innovation Fellowship
This project will bring small-scale, sustainable tourism to the fishing community of Vila da Volta, in the Brazilian state of Ceara. The town of Volta, home to about 1,200 people, is currently facing a series of tough choices. With fish stocks decling rapidly, families are finding it difficult to make their living from the rivers or the sea. But industrial shrimp farms, which have become increasingly common in the area, offer only limited employment at great environmental cost.
Volta is only 20 km from Canoa Quebrada, one of the most popular beach destinations in Northeastern Brazil. Bringing tourists into the community for boat rides, nature walks, dance performances, and meals could generate supplementary income for Volta families. Leaders in Volta are extremely enthusiastic about the idea of community-based tourism, and a local NGO has already agreed to provide support. Small investments in training, infrastructure and promotional materials will allow the tourism project in Volta to get off the ground.