• Veranda Youth Community Cafe

    Hpa-An, Myanmar
    Categories: restaurant/cafe
    A lovely small spot by the lake where you can read and enjoy local coffee from plantations located in Shan highlands, juices, vegetarian food, and more. The Veranda Youth Community Cafe has a social mission attached and is a meeting place of likeminded locals and travelers.
  • Wanita

    Pattani, Thailand
    Categories: souvenirs, artwork & crafts
    Women from the poorest provinces in Southern Thailand banded together to create product and industry that could positively affect their lives. Although there is not much tourism in the region, if you are in Pattani then stop by the shop that displays the food products, wickerwork, handicraft, and agriculture produced by these women.
  • Welcome to My Yard

    Kathmandu, Nepal
    Categories: tour operator
    Welcome To My Yard is an innovative social enterprise partnering with street based Nepali children, young people and families and those at risk. Welcome To My Yard provides holistic community based support, practical education, training and savings schemes, including training their students in tourism so they can eventually run city tours on their own. Profits generated from the tours goes towards WTMY's not for profit projects with a social conscience.
  • Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

    Hua Hin, Thailand
    Categories: animal sanctuary, ecotourism, hotel/guesthouse
    The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand operates the Elephant Refuge and Education Centre and allows travelers to spend one day at the center learning about the work and visiting all 450+ animals living at the center — elephants, but also a broad range of other animals. A high-end Elephant lodge is also available.
  • Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE)

    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Categories: clothing shop
    WEAVE Fair Trade Social Enterprise (WFT-SE) works with displaced, disadvantaged and marginalized ethnic women from Burma and in Northern Thailand. WFT-SE facilitates access and opportunities to generate safe and fair income through handicrafts development and support to preserve time-honored artisanry and culture.
  • Yangon Bakehouse

    Yangon, Myanmar
    Categories: restaurant/cafe
    The Yangon Bakehouse is a social enterprise dedicated to creating job opportunities, skills development and fair wages to disadvantaged women. The women funnel profits right back into the business and have created an entire program to help women in their country develop the life and work skills to succeed.
  • Yangon Heritage Trust

    Yangon, Myanmar
    Categories: tour operator
    Take a fascinating walking tour of Yangon with a trained tour guide who will lead you into the heart of old Yangon with stories and anecdotes from its colorful and layered history — travel from the city's earliest beginnings to the modern day.
  • Zikra Initiative

    Dead Sea, Jordan
    Categories: ecotourism, tour operator
    The Zikra Initiative creates trips for the urban community to travel, participate, and experience Jordan’s heritage and roots in interactive workshops led by the local community. In exchange, visitors pay a nominal fee that is channeled into a microloans for the women and other community development projects. This initiative is founded on the principles of exchange tourism, the idea that both the communities and the visitors have something to bring to the cultural exchange. Visitors are welcomed into the Ghor al Mazra’a community for the day to participate in range of activities from making bread, tomato picking, or the intriguingly named "rural skills." Children and families are also very welcome. This comes highly recommended from the GV team.