Despite being at the forefront of conservation in Africa, Namibia still faces issues of poverty and habitat loss. Human-wildlife conflict still poses issues, and too often, communities do not see the benefits of the tourism businesses in their region.
Grootberg Lodge is the first middle-market wildlife lodge in Namibia that is owned entirely by a conservancy. This 16-room lodge aims to provide professional service and great surroundings as well as benefits to the local community. While Grootberg Lodge provides direct employment opportunities in a poorly developed area, several structural design flaws have limited its potential.
African Wildlife Foundation, through its impact-investing subsidiary, African Wildlife Capital, provided Grootberg Lodge and its owners, the 2,000-member Khoadi-Hoas Conservancy, a loan that will allow for making much-needed updates on the lodge. The updated lodge is expected to offer returns of more than four times the current annual disbursements of US$45,000—proceeds that will go directly to the conservancy, which can then invest the money in community projects like schools, clinics, and a community kitchen. Lodge employment within the community is also expected to increase by more than 30%.
Additionally, the investment enhances the ability of the conservancy to further pioneer community-driven conservation. To learn more, visit the lodge’s homepage.
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