Amerindian entrepreneurs for Guyana's sea turtles

$160 $24,840
Raised Remaining


This project gives local people economic benefit from sea turtles via the sales of arts and crafts embroidered with sea turtle patterns instead of poaching turtles for meat to earn income.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Shell Beach is located in the Northwestern Region of Guyana, South America. It is the only place is Guyana where four of the world’s seven endangered species of marine turtles, leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), come to lay their eggs. These massive reptiles usually arrive under the cover of darkness from March to August every year, yet turtles are poached here for meat.

How will this project solve this problem?

Poaching will continue unless alternatives are made available for communities facing poverty challenges. One way to combat this is through income generation from arts and crafts (embroidery)

Potential Long Term Impact

Embroidery products are handmade and created through the imagination of the women. Today, the entire business is managed by the women themselves and all proceeds go directly to the women in assisting their communities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $160

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $160 .  The original project funding goal was $25,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Mike Skuja

Pewaukee, WI Guyana

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