Jola village, near Kafuta, operate
a conservation project area, part of which is cultivated,
and the project is centred round the Tumani
This is a community that is working together to make best
use of all its resources - natural and human. Over the past
10 years, the villagers of Tumani Tenda have established one
village enterprise after another. Their first was a community
forest and that maturing plantation is now a sure supply of
construction timber and firewood. And, densely planted to
discourage grassy undergrowth, it is also a fire break, which
protects their houses and 89 hectares of valuable mature trees
from the sudden dry season bush fires that can sweep in from
the interior, destroying everything.
Later the villagers established a community vegetable garden. Covering
more than three hectares it is divided into three parts. One third is
planted with cassava, which is worked by the whole village. Another
third grows banana; plots are owned individually but ten per cent of
any sales are given to the village garden fund. The remaining third of
the garden is a mosaic of colourful and carefully-nurtured vegetables.
The area's other resource is the river: the creek is a steady source
of small fish as well as oysters, which cling to the roots of the
mangroves along the banks. Buoyed up by their success with trees and
vegetables, the community now has its own small trawler, which
recruits a volunteer crew to venture further downstream fishing deeper
The villagers give visitors the chance to experience their local
cuisine, traditional Jola dances, sacred rituals and sometimes invite
guests into their compounds.
The villagers give you the chance to experience the rich complexity,
self-sufficiency and tempo of village life. Opportunities
are available to visit women's projects, the school, the poultry,
the horticultural garden and community forest. Visitors are
encouraged to absorb themselves in the atmosphere of the village
through asking questions and participating in certain activities
in order to gain understanding of life in a rural Jolla Community.
In essence visitors can experience a unique blend of education,
vacation, recreation, relaxation, adventure and learning.
Opportunities are available to buy products made by the people
of Tumani Tenda which visitors may take home as distinctive
souvenirs of their experience, such as soap, baskets, batiks
and tie and dye material. Day trippers to Tumani
Tenda will be able to experience the special relationship
that the villagers have with the natural environment and witness
the many examples where the villagers conserve and preserve
the environment from which their living depend on.