VeryNile, Cairo – Cleaning the Nile
Through recycling and upcycling solid waste, and employment opportunities, VeryNile is the first initiative to develop sustainable means to clean the Nile. The team also raise vital awareness on the importance of protecting our environment through workshops and education. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on our Wonders of Egypt premium guided tour and meet some of the inspirational people who work on the project. Enjoy fantastic views of Cairo and the Nile as you cruise to Qursaya Island by high-speed boat. Here, at the Fishermen Centre, learn how the plastic is collected, compacted and recycled and get to meet some of the workers from the project.
VeryNile offers employment opportunities and financial incentives for collecting, sorting, compacting, and creating products out of recyclable waste. Supporting residents with low income, most of them being fishermen and their families. Every day, this extraordinary green army removes an average of 100kg of plastic waste from the Nile – that’s almost 40 tons per year.
Do this on: Wonders of Egypt
CopMadam Workshop, Ayvalik – Transforming shabby to chic
When you visit CopMadam with Insight, you will meet the creative ladies who work here and learn all about the methods and skills needed to transform recycled materials into desirable items. The co-op employs women who haven’t previously earned a living, upskilling and empowering them. Now master craftswomen, they can turn their hand to anything and are saving at least 3 tons of waste from landfill each year.
Do this on: Wonders of Turkey
Laboratorio Giuditta Brozetti, Perugia – Preserving ancient traditions
Travel with us to Perugia, Italy and meet this extraordinary lady for yourselves, on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Be transported into a magical world of traditional fabrics and antique wooden looms, passionately protecting this ancient craft. Enjoy a demonstration and listen to stories as Marta tells of growing up in her village, why she started the workshop and its vital role in preserving Umbria’s unique patterns and cultural heritage.
The skills of weavers are passed down generation to generation and, since World War I, the Brozetti family have practiced the art. Marta is now leading a whole new generation of weavers, inspiring them to create superb textiles. Not just focused on the fabrics, she is also investing in e-commerce and providing employment opportunities, education and training programmes for local women.
Fonda Fish Farm, Piran – Protecting marine life
A sustainable water garden where the breeding of Piran Sea bass takes place in a supervised condition, the farm was created by Irena’s late father. Having noticed that fish numbers were dwindling with certain species, including Sea bass, becoming very scarce, he dreamed up an underwater park. Here the Sea bass are protected, and wild fish and other marine organisms live and breed. Irena and the team place a strong focus on educating the market and, through their tireless and focused work, this small venture is making a big impact.
Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on Venice & The Croatian Coast, a Women Only Tour and meet Irina to learn about this fascinating world under the sea. A molecular biologist, professional diver and award-winning researcher, prepare to be enthralled with her knowledge, passion and vision as you enjoy a boat tour around the farm. Back on dry land you will get the chance to taste some of the seriously tasty Fonda seabass, among the finest in the Mediterranean, with lunch at a local restaurant.
Do this on: Venice & The Croatian Coast, a Women Only Tour
Sheroes Hangout, Agra – Always smiling
Travel with Insight to Agra and visit the Sheroes Hangout for a humbling, powerful and intimate MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Sit, talk and listen as these ladies confidently and openly share stories of their lives, for raising awareness of the heinous crime is of vital importance for India’s women and future generations.
Do this on: Classical India with Nepal
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