Grass Roots Movements

Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group (CBSWCG)

Dec 14, 2023

This woman-led organization works to protect the black howler monkey, or baboons, within a 6,000-hectare sanctuary.

But while baboons are the main beneficiaries, — their population going from 800 in 1985 to 6,000 in 2011 — this 240-landowner strong organization has ripple effects throughout communities. Amid the conservation efforts, a micro-credit fund supports sustainable oil harvesting, tilapia farming, organic farming, and ethical livestock rearing. The improved marketplace has increased incomes for farmers, entrepreneurs, and artisans.