Sabyinyo Community Livelihood Association-SACOLA a.s.b.l, is a non-profit-making association formed in 2004 by communities living close to the Volcanoes National Park -VNP within former Kinigi district.The association is primarily geared for conservation of the Volcano National Park, support the surrounding population to initiate development activities for improving their livelihoods, limit the threats to volcano National Park in general and maintain mountain Gorillas in particular. SACOLA Association, through its community projects and partnerships, has been able to help sustain day-today livelihood for the communities adjacent to the Park, especially through revenue collection from its projects.
Mission: To conserve the natural resources, for the improved livelihood of the Virunga zone (Akarere k’ibirunga) community, community tourism, infrastructure development and sustainable conservation.
Our vision: Improve community living standards and sustainable natural resources management within the Virunga zone and help transform livelihoods from a poor class to a progressive sustainable income earning community.
Specific objectives of SACOLA
To sensitize communities neighboring Volcanoes National Park to contribute to its sustainable conservation.
* To sensitize the communities on the need to engage in income generating activities through cooperatives.
* To help the population to develop competences in management and customer care for tourists visiting Volcanoes National Park and other tourist sites.
* To contribute to livelihood improvement of the communities in the area through development of infrastructure projects like water, schools, health centers, and tourists accommodation facilities.
* To carry out social, economic or cultural activities that can help uplift members as well as the community as a whole.
Community Benefits and Products Accruing from SACOLA
There are a lot of reasons to rely on SACOLA
1-Higher end Eco-lodge (Sabyinyo Silverback lodge) that has at least 16 beds to accommodate tourists.
2- The Sacola community walk and cultural centre; an initiative which offers a wide range of things for sustainable development of tourism, including ecology, heritage, culture and ways of life of the community members in Kinigi, and Nyange sectors.
3- Increase community tourism and infrastructure in the sectors of Nyange and Kinigi.