Vayando is a for-profit social enterprise that puts local entrepreneurs on the tourism map in emerging economies around the world. We provide an online booking platform that utilizes growth and diversification in the global tourism sector to unlock economic opportunity for tens of thousands of entrepreneurs towards the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid.

Travel to emerging economies is growing at double the rate of developed countries, and by 2030 will account for nearly 60% of the global tourism market, or some 1 billion travlers annually. More and more, travelers are looking for locally unique and immersive experiences, and to know that their tourism dollars are having a positive social impact. Yet small scale entrepreneurs in these contexts often have no web presence, but have marketable skills and are looking for opportunity. Vayando is the first global platform that directly connects travelers with off-the-grid entrepreneurs, allowing them to book visits to learn about the livel...
Vayando is a for-profit social enterprise that puts local entrepreneurs on the tourism map in emerging economies around the world. We provide an online booking platform that utilizes growth and diversification in the global tourism sector to unlock economic opportunity for tens of thousands of entrepreneurs towards the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid.

Travel to emerging economies is growing at double the rate of developed countries, and by 2030 will account for nearly 60% of the global tourism market, or some 1 billion travlers annually. More and more, travelers are looking for locally unique and immersive experiences, and to know that their tourism dollars are having a positive social impact. Yet small scale entrepreneurs in these contexts often have no web presence, but have marketable skills and are looking for opportunity. Vayando is the first global platform that directly connects travelers with off-the-grid entrepreneurs, allowing them to book visits to learn about the livelihood activities they are engaged in, and support them via a direct business transaction. If you’ve travelled to these countries you know it can be difficult to confidently step off the plane or bus and connect directly with local people not in the traditional travel guide. Vayando is a tool to change that.

We are live in Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua with a 100 country goal. Through field partners such as the Peace Corps, Care International, and Rainforest Alliance, Vayando identifies motivated entrepreneurs, creates profiles for them, and promotes them on our website. Peace Corps alone is a network of 7,000 volunteers in 70 countries. Ideal partnerships include other groups such as Kiva, Ashoka, Acumen, and One Acre Fund.

Experiences range from spending the afternoon with Mama Claudine, the head of a small seamstress association in Muramba, Rwanda who teaches community members how to sew, to connecting with Maritza, a hillside farmer in Costa Rica looking to expand into market oriented hydroponic production, to meeting up with technology-based entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation in their country.

The platform is free for entrepreneurs to market, with booking and processing fees paid by travelers. Bookings are easily confirmed and managed through Vayando's integrated online and SMS based platform. Payment is made securely via mobile money. Entrepreneurs only need to be able to receive and send text messages.
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