Saidin Lotupas who comes from Kampung Pinagon Baru, Ulu Kiulu was recently hired as Field Coordinator playing the role of local guide and overseeing guest activities. He is also responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of Kiulu Farmstay. Prior to his employment, he had to rely on his inconsistent income from rubber tapping and doing odd jobs. Saidin, a father to four school children now have job with a steady wage earning more than RM1000 a month.

Kiulu Farmstay- Community-Based Tourism

THE NEED

Some of the households in Ulu Kiulu are still living below the poverty line earning an average income of less than RM500 per month. Subsistence agriculture is their main form of livelihood, and most of them grow rubber trees or fruit trees such as durian, tarap, rambutan, pineapples to supplement their income.

OUR INVOLVEMENT

Kiulu Farmstay  is a community-based tourism destination that has reached its one year milestone in August 2016. We create job opportunities and use local resource for accommodation, activities and manpower, keep the local cultural practices of the kampung folks and develop rural tourism through homestays.

THE IMPACT

Saidin Lotupas who comes from Kampung Pinagon Baru, Ulu Kiulu was recently hired as Field Coordinator playing the role of local guide and overseeing guest activities. He is also responsible for general maintenance and upkeep of Kiulu Farmstay. Prior to his employment, he had to rely on his inconsistent income from rubber tapping and doing odd jobs. Saidin, a father to four school children now have job with a steady wage earning more than RM1000 a month.

Additionally, for every guest who comes and stay at Kiulu Farmstay, they will contribute to the Community Development Contribution that goes to Mukim Ulu Kiulu Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (MUKEST) Society. MUKEST was established in May 2016 which serves as a platform to boost economic growth and improve the livelihoods of local people. Initially started with three villages: Kampung Mantob, Kampung Dumpiring and Kampung Pinagon Baru and now been extended to 10 other villages. Community participation is crucial to ensure they have an equitable sharing of benefits within and across communities.

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