The AltruVistas Funds & Fellows program empowers pro impact ventures in destination countries and communities that connect travel to making the world a better place for people and planet.
Our goal is to build a dynamic fund and fellows program that concretely addresses the global problem in the travel industry of capital flight and the globalized reality of socioeconomic stratification and absolute poverty. AltruVistas’ AltruFund will offer grants and loans for $5,000 – 25,000 to vetted local communities, organizations and cooperatives so they can come together and create their own travel-related service or product (from vocational training centers, restaurants, ecotourism services to agro-tourism hostels and eco-lodges). The objective is to enhance local ownership and capacity building of diverse global and domestic communities to benefit from growing tourism receipts. Awardees will also be partnered with a fellow—AltruFellows to live and work with the community for 3-6 months and co-create the accounting, marketing, IT and basic management infrastructure necessary to a local and small business to thrive in the online world of tourism booking agencies and web-based review sites.