Rancho Bienvenido, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica

$2,083 $0
Raised Remaining


In Costa Rica the Maleku tribe work with LRFF to recuperate & reforest their lands. They created the Tribal Council but need a meeting place. The men build the traditional “rancho” with little funding

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Maleku inhabit 600 has. In 1977 the Costa Rican gov’t. returned almost 3000 has to the Maleku. Before the law came into effect 33 yrs. ago these lands passed into the hands of non-indigenous farmers who deforested it for cattle farming. LRFF and the Maleku are reforesting the land they live on and we’re buying back the rest to be reforested as acquired. The Tribal Council, who govern the new communal lands, needs a meeting place. Presently we are borrowing venues costing us precious time

How will this project solve this problem?

The new rancho will give us headquarters for our work, plan our projects and will be used for ceremonies. It is a sustainable structure made from natural forest materials and will provide employment for local young men to construct and maintain it

Potential Long Term Impact

The traditional space provides the 12 member council a boardroom to plan land acquisitions, reforestation, community development, consider proposals from the residents and hold traditional ceremonies

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,083

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 $2,083 .  The original project funding goal was $2,024.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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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

Matthew Lee

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Where is this project located?

Map of Rancho Bienvenido, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica