We are committed to supporting sustainable livelihoods in rural communities and maintaining their cultural, social and natural environment.


We are using resources as if we had two planets, not one.

There can be no 'plan B' because there is no 'planet B.'

Ban Ki-moon

Make Cities and Human Settlements Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable

UN Sustainable Development Goal 11

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Our activities depend on the generosity of people like you. Your donation helps communities regenerate and achieve a sustainable future.  At least 80% of your contribution is delivered to vetted local groups and NGOs that support women and youth, preserve the environment and help small business thrive.

Looking for unique gifts created by local artisans? We identify select artisans in our communities and their traditional art can be purchased here and shipped anywhere. By purchasing their hand-made products you directly help them preserve their cultural heritage.

Travel will never be the same again. At SRDI we have supported sustainable, community based and designed tourism since our inception. Our own Black Sea Sustainable Tourism Program offers unique experiential trips and directly supports improved livelihoods.

We believe that in every community there are people who want to make their home a better place

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Our Continuing Support to Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka to create sustainable livelihoods

Combined with the 2019 Easter Sunday terrorist bombings and the disastrous impact of the COVID pandemic, Sri Lanka absorbed crushing blows to its tourism sector.  But the resilience of the people has resulted in alternative, sustainable agri-development that ultimately will feed into the tourism value chain.  


Thanks to the efforts of a private travel company, Serene Vacations Lanka (Pvt) Limited, a group of former tourism workers who had lost their livelihoods took a new approach.  Not only are they developing small mushroom farms to provide much needed income and a sustainable source of food and livelihood for themselves and their local communities, but they have branched out into small scale farming in general.


SRDI supports these efforts and urges our readers to do so will a contribution targeted to the small farmers in Sri Lanka. Please consider helping the new mushroom farmers build a new life by making a small contribution here.


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