October 06, 2016

Short Documentary Released: Andrew Zaloumis & iSimangaliso

Leveraging opportunities within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Andrew Zaloumis, a lifelong conservationist and anti-apartheid activist, founded the Rural Enterprise Accelerator Program (REAP) to transform an aid-dependent economy. Simangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the top eight biodiversity hotspots in the world. Yet, amidst such natural plenty, it is also one of South Africa's poorest regions, with over 80 percent of the surrounding people living in dire poverty, and only 15 percent formally employed. By providing locals with training, mentorship and seed capital to start small businesses, the program is ensuring that both people and nature thrive around this beautiful and historical national park. Watch the video below to learn more.

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