Sustainable Livelihoods

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Lacking economic opportunities, many rural communities turn to agriculture, cattle ranching, logging and other activities that are detrimental to the environment and local biodiversity.

As an eco-friendly alternative, Women for Conservation trains women in sustainable livelihoods, such as working as nature guides for ecotourism and forest guards for nature reserves. Additionally, women learn trades that reduce demand on natural resources, like producing environmentally sustainable jewelry, coffee, and artisan crafts. These activities also serve to financially empower women, strengthen their independence and improve the lives of their families.