2018, November, 16th to 20th
From Clay to Art
The Jequitinhonha Valley is an inventive and a peculiar artistic place, home to beautiful and creati...
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Vivejar was born out a clear need in Brazil for local and authentic travel experiences that promote positive social impact. With over 10 years of experience working with local communities throughout Brazil, Vivejar prides itself in providing high quality travel experiences that place local communities at the heart of its model.
Vivejar is a social enterprise whose mission is to contribute to local community empowerment. We believe in ethical business practices that provide local travel experiences and in turn make the world a better place.
Promote positive change through our work is what drives us every day. And more than say that we are a company that promotes sustainable tourism and generates positive impact, Vivejar is committed to measure and disclose this impact. We are born as a B company and share with hundreds of other companies around the world the belief that we can use business for good, making the world a better place.
For us, our work begins deeply knowing the realities where we operate, planning and drawing together with the community the experiences offered, the benefits generated from our activity, minimizing the negative effects and being very transparent with our results. That’s what you can expect from Vivejar and can extend here.
What makes family accommodation unique is exactly that – it’s about a family that hosts the visitors, they will be sharing a house with the family, live with them, they will be part of the family for the period they are staying. They enjoy experiences with them, and they leave experiences with us. This is what solidarity travelling is all about.”
I enjoy very much to host travellers, and I really like meeting new people who are different and from different places. Before, we would only meet other people when we were going to the Trade Fairs to sell our handcrafts. Hosting people from other places is a big privilege for us. I like it very much, and not mentioning the extra income we have when people come to our house to have lunch with us, to buy our pieces of art, as well the positive influences they have on our lives.
The major part of the income is generated by the women. All the artisans are farmers as well. However, due to the drought, many times people sow, but not always harvest something. So, we need to sell our handcrafts in order to have income.
“Wonderfully crafted trips with heart! Beautiful people and experiences “
“I enjoyed seeing the abundance taking place in the face of the drought. I enjoyed witnessing, that with partnerships and well-made projects, a region like the Jequitinhonha Valley is flourishing. The quality of life in the communities visited surprised me. I did not expect so much beauty, generosity, joy, silence, solidarity and collective vision. All that is missing in most so-called “developed” cities. The experience is strong. Everything that is essential, is there. “
“I think Vivejar’s travel itineraries are very cool and, at least with the two trips I was part of, I appreciated the possibility of traveling “alone” without being alone.”
“I’m in love!
The trip surpassed all my expectations, starting with the two of you who made a difference for irreverence and joy. And according to the structure and logistics that you set up, it was absolutely foolproof! Third was the location you selected, Marajo – I came with an idea and left with a completely different one, much for the better! Encountering the situation of the region, the people, their structure, is all very different from our reality”
“You feel that it makes a difference in the lives of the people of that of their communities!
The usual pleasures of any trip: contact with nature, experiencing the gastronomy and getting to know the people. You feel that it makes a difference in their lives and that of their communities, which tend to be overlooked. It seems that by us taking the time to properly look, it helps build their self-esteem. Encouraging them to continue to refine what they do and maintain their local traditions. I think it’s really cool, that’s the big different to a trip to anywhere else.
Encountering the situation of the region, the people, their structure, is all very different from our reality”
“I went to the Valley to live every experience these women have. This rustic thing of clay. To learn all about it. It was great and, as a teacher, I’m going to share some of what I learned with my students and, who knows, one day I’ll take them to see the Valley! “
“I think it was very significant. I was very impressed with the community organization. I did not expect. I imagined more isolated artisans, each with their family. The community spirit that I found between them is very beautiful and gives us hope in the future. A good Brazil to see”