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Sustainable Preservation Initiative

Sustainable Preservation Initiative
DESCRIPTION
PROBLEM
Many of the world's poorest people live in and around fantastic cultural heritage - which is often under pressure due to the economic circumstances
SOLUTION
Bring disadvantaged people opportunities by providing grants to existing or start-up businesses related to local cultural heritage.
Interweaving meaningfully preserving the past while creating sustainable futures for local communities
CHALLENGES
achieving financial sustainability
IMPACT
The Sustainable Preservation Initiative creates economic opportunities by giving communities the tools to be self-reliant, leveraging their historic sites responsibly and freeing them to thrive. Since 2010 we have led efforts to protect, for the long-term, threatened archaeological sites by empowering the people who matter most - those who co-exist daily with these places. SPI creates and develops local entrepreneurs, most often women, and cooperative businesses that utilize cultural heritage assets sustainably. The training, expert guidance, and support which SPI provides ensures that businesses have the right skills to own and grow their enterprises for many years, creating foundations for community-focused economic development and resulting in the preservation of our collective legacy.

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