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Caiman House Field Station is a remarkable and inspiring community-owned social enterprise in Guyana. Winner of the 2012 Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award, in 2005 the Yupukari Crafters were born with the creation of Caiman House in 2005, and later blossoming in 2007 when the Guest House was built. The concept of crafting here centralises on the meeting of environment and culture, with the potential to preserve both simultaneously. All Caiman House’s buildings and furniture are handcrafted in Yupukari using locally sourced materials. The side tables and coffee tables are traditional baskets set on "moonwood" frames; the bedsteads are hammock-weaving by local women, the shutters are plaited reeds fetched from nearby marshes... Each of the four bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom and there’s an exclusive living rooms for guests to utilise, with wireless internet and Standard U.S. electrical outlets and power.
Alongside supporting Yupukari Crafters, Caiman House aims to provide work opportunities to any interested villagers. The Rupununi Learners project focuses on research, education, development and preservation; it is a social enterprise dedicated to a holistic approach to environmental conservation, encompassing wildlife research, education, economic development and cultural preservation.