We have been working alongside our partner charity The Travel Foundation to support projects around the world, with the aim of protecting and supporting communities in holiday destinations.
Our most successful project is the Much Kaab in Mexico, a co-operative of Mayan women, who produce honey-based products while looking after the endangered Melipona bee.
The co-op has launched a new range of natural toiletries and after-sun products for sale in exclusive hotel rooms, souvenir shops and other outlets, with a three-year business plan for growth.
The whole project started with a small group of local beekeepers in a rural village.
The travel foundation helped them form a co-operative and provided them with business and marketing training. The women have now successfully developed a brand and a range of quality natural products which have been purchased by 11 resort hotels.
This is a great project which started small but has now enabled new phone lines and internet to be installed in the village, meaning they are able to give back to the community as a whole and also start developing the product even further.
This project is particularly close to our hearts as it involves another Co-operative, and we are delighted to be able to support such a great initiative and we are excited to see how Much Kaab will develop even further in the future.
You can find out more about this fantastic project on the Travel Foundation website and visit their blog for the latest updates: