Thus, Rwanda Eco-Tours was born. With a mission to contribute 20% of profits back to the local communities and to educate the industry about sustainable tourism that will save the gorillas. Through Rwanda Eco-Tours we are able to contribute money towards local community projects. We have started with small scale efforts: returning poachers back to farming; creating community fields which can be shared by multiple families and yield enough product to feed them; and more. We have even succeeded in turning known poachers into volunteer park patrollers who now look out for other poachers! The Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village and Goats for Gorillas Projects have been awesome projects with such a huge benefits to the communities.
Today these projects have been very successful. While we are enjoying early success the issue is far from solved. We are constantly learning from these projects and adjusting our understanding. It is our dream and goal to ensure the longevity of not only the mountain gorilla but also the people that live with them.