Connect Locally

Putting local entrepreneurs on the tourism map. Developing a travel landscape where people from around the world connect directly with tens of thousands of skilled entrepreneurs to learn about their livelihoods. Read more about how it works, here


Pick a country where you want to go, and book a visit with an entrepreneur.


Meet at a central location and they'll be your introduction to their community for the day.  



Connect and learn about a community, local people, and their livelihoods.

Vayando is an effective approach to bridge the last mile of tourism, bringing tourism dollars directly to the local level.
— John Tucker, Deputy Director of Micro-Finance of the United Nations

Where We Operate

We are live in Rwanda, Uganda, Congo, and Costa Rica, with much more on the horizon! Click on a country below to explore offerings. 

Experiences range from spending the day with Mama Claudine, the head of a seamstress association in Rwanda who teaches community members how to sew, to connecting with Maritza, a hillside farmer in Costa Rica looking to expand into market oriented hydroponic production, to meeting up with entrepreneurs at the forefront of arts, innovation, and technology in their country. 

Some Folks We Feature

Below are a few of the talented entrepreneurs we work with. Click on a profile to learn more and book. 

I am honored that people travel from so far away to come learn about Rwanda, and are interested to spend time with me and my family learning about my trade.
— Donatha, Rwandan Basket Weaver Extraordinaire

Buildable Network

Our goal is to utilize growth and diversification in the global travel sector to unlock economic opportunity for entrepreneurs in emerging economies around the world. All that entrepreneurs need is access to a basic cell phone. 



Vayando promotes entrepreneurs motivated to share their livelihood practice, local trade, or micro-businesses with travelers. Our goal: Create economic opportunity for entrepreneurs while facilitating immersive experiences for travelers. 

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Field Partners

For scale, we coordinate with in-country field partner organizations to identity entrepreneurs and support them in creating a profile on our platform. Do you work for an organization in one of the countries where we operate? Contact us to get involved.


Are you a tour operator or hotel in one of Vayando's countries of operation, and interested in marketing entrepreneurs in your area, or offering local experiences to your clients? Reach out below to learn more about our partnership opportunities.


Rated by Travelationship as one of the top five things to do in Rwanda.