Development of Social Enterprises

The Hide Community Trust supports a variety of community groups who practise sustainable living by providing them with weekly workshops to teach them business, personal development, craft and sewing skills.

Investment in human capital development is vital for improving income generation and empowerment of people living in rural communities. We are proud to partner with community development organisations to provide skills training to rural community members.

In 2017 we facilitated with the development of a recycling waste facility with the intention of recycling waste for economic benefit. We constructed a clay kiln using mud from termite mounds and old Land Rover parts and trained a group of women in glass bead making using recycled bottles. Using these glass beads, the women are able to make beautiful jewellery and other decorative items. The group have also been taught how to weave rugs, baskets and tablemats using plastic and palm leaves.

Another group that we have formed and worked very closely with are the Shantani Women’s Group. The Shantani Group, meaning “Joy” comprises of only women who have come together to learn new skills such as conservation farming, craft making, accounting and other income-generating initiatives so that they are able to lift themselves out of poverty and provide for their families.

The products made by the women are then sold in our curio shop at camp and to other tourism operators in the area which ensure that income is generated for the groups.