You’ve heard of ecotourism? Well a few years ago whilst working in Mali we stayed at Teriya Bugu a tourist village run by local villagers and enjoyed it very much.
In Bambara, Teriya Bugu means ‘hut of friendship’. The hotel of 20 rooms on a self-sustaining compound was the brain-child of Father Bernard Vespieren. The idea is to promote an exchange between the tourists and the local community. Teriya Bugu caters for all kinds of clients from African schoolchildren from neighbouring countries, back-packers, development and charity workers to well-heeled tourists. All the profits from the tourism benefit the local community and finance equitable development micro-projects locally.
Teriya Bugu is an oasis in the middle of the bush surrounded by 200,000 eucalyptus trees which are used by the honey bees. There are productive gardens, orchards, fisheries, a nearby village with its school, its dispensary and a population of 500 people. There is a centre for the use of renewable energy aimed to promote solar energy and biogas, a model farm, and the centre employs over 50 families.
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