This article on the Adventure Travel and Trade Association about empowering women through adventure really embodies how natural resources can bring prosperity and raise the quality of life of the local populations.
ATTA has been instrumental in encouraging the Adventure Tourism industry to adopt sustainable practices and take into consideration the impacts on local populations. The organization offers various programs and workshops to help companies grow their businesses while spreading good will and being environmentally conscience.
This article goes through three case studies of women in Africa and Latin America who have had to overcome challenges in order to do what they love and earn a living. They are truly inspirational stories that show what can be done with determination and hard work.
It also provides a window in the lives of the adventure guides and a provides a model for others facing similar challenges.