Wetlands Sanctuary
Women's Group Crafts
Awards and Honors

Eco-Tourism and Community Development

Bigodi village is situated in the highlands of western Uganda, in the shadow of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the famous "Mountains of the Moon". Our community is located about 40 kilometers south of the town of Fort Portal, and borders Kibale National Park, which has the highest density of primate life in the world in its forests.

Since 1992, the people of Bigodi have worked together as a community to open our natural beauty to eco-tourists and to bring our crafts and handiwork to the world. 

The Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, located in the Magombe wetland, is a major eco-tourism attraction in the Kibale Forest area. The Sanctuary is operated by the Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development (KAFRED), a registered community based organization (CBO) with over 80 fee-paying members, managed by John Tinka. A significant fraction of association income has been used, and continues to be used, to fund Bigodi Secondary School and numerous related community projects. KAFRED is a member organization in the Kibale Forest Coalition for Conservation Education (KFCCE).

The Bigodi Women's Group, chaired by Betty Tinka, has 40 voting members and 150 contributing weavers who use environmentally sustainable materials, dyes and methods. Their crafts are sold worldwide. Ten percent of sales income is applied to community projects, which have included a nursery, a primary school, AIDS orphan care, and ongoing conservation education.

John Tinka
KAFRED Program Manager
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