VSL TRAVEL’s CEO Abimbola Carrol has signed a contract with the non-governmental organisation Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion (HI), to support the creation and marketing of an agro-tourism product in partnership with the Network of HIV Positives in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS).

The project will run for two years and will include setting up the farm, training the farmers, and eventually attracting tourists to visit the farm.

The beneficiaries, including vulnerable groups such as people living with HIV, disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence, will be selected through NETHIPS’ wealth ranking process with support from Humanity & Inclusion (HI) to ensure inclusion. This project also aims to raise awareness and reduce discrimination towards these beneficiaries. Join us on this exciting and fulfilling journey as we explore the world of agritourism and make a positive impact in Sierra Leone.

The project aims to provide 200 farmers in the lush landscapes of Western Area and Moyamba district in Sierra Leone with access to income-generating activities, agricultural training, and a chance to blossom, flourish, harnessing their full potential.

The farm which centres around the production of mushrooms, a specialty of NETHIPS, requires no deforestation and can thrive in confined spaces. This method of farming is not only sustainable for the environment but also serves as a source of income for the farmers. In the case of any unforeseen circumstances, such as flooding, emergency support will be readily available to assist them. Farmers will embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Through income-generating activities and specialised agricultural training from NETHIPS, they will blossom and flourish, harnessing their full potential.

As a responsible tourism company, VSL TRAVEL has a proven track record in offering eco-tourism and wildlife experiences, such as at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Gola Forest National Park, Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary and Senekedugu in Kabala. However, this agritourism project will offer a truly hands-on experience, showcasing the work of NETHIPS and the impact it has on the local community.