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Women’s Income Generation | Fiji In many regions across Fiji, women take on caretaker roles, sacrificing their opportunity to earn a living to support children and elderly family members. In 2017, Rustic began a women’s income generation project, which focuses on empowering women through skill-based workshops. This initial project involved three workshops delivered to 47 women across Nabila, Bavu, and Momi villages. They focused on making purses from leftover snack wrappers—simultaneously tackling waste management and recycling along the way. The project continues Rustic’s decades-long partnership with Fijian communities, where we’ve been working since 1996.

Demonstrating SLO: Humility “This immersion experience has truly changed my outlook on human interaction. In the West, we put such an emphases on self promotion and trying to get ‘the next best thing’ but in Fiji, community plays a key role and love is the currency. I cannot wait to go back and visit my new family there.”

Ellie Rudy Austin, Texas Sun, Sand, and International Service in Fiji, 2017

Income Generation

Perka Norte Income Generation Support | Peru Perka Norte is a rural Aymara community of 25 subsistence farming families on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The area climate limits what they grow to corn, potatoes, quinoa, lima beans, and other root vegetables. Many families also catch fish. Rustic partnered with the community and the Perka Norte Sustainable Tourism Association in 2014 to support tourism initiatives in the area. Other communities around the lake have benefited from tourism and Perka Norte wants to promote its culture, language, and community while generating income for local families. 23

Economic Development

Income Generation

2017 Rustic Pathways Impact Report  

At Rustic Pathways we assess our impact in two ways: through our students and the communities we partner with. Read the full 2017 Impact Rep...