The community of San Antonio and Rainforest Partnership (RP) have collaborated in the construction of a hostel to provide more capacity for tourists and a sustainable source of income for the community. The RP Peru team, along with community members, finalized a design and budget for the construction. The hostel design was displayed to the community members, who were interested and excited to see their contributions utilized, and their work and materials valued economically. Rainforest Partnership's staff met with the community carpenter and together they developed a detailed budget for labor and materials. Based on this budget, materials have been purchased and construction for the hostel is underway, including the building of the stairs, the second floor, and the toilets.
Also, cooking workshops were conducted to prepare the community members for working at the hostel. The workshops included methods of healthy and sanitary cooking for tourists and visitors. Victoria Chavez Villanueva, founder of the NGO Manuela Ramos, helped develop the workshop materials.
Hostel inside, under construction
Second floor construction underway