This profile was prepared when Peter Wahome was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
By providing the opportunity for visitors to experience life in Kenya beyond the usual tourist areas, Peter is exposing the global community to the realities of daily Kenyan life in both rural and urban settings. In so doing, he is enhancing cross-cultural understanding. Drawing on craft-producing organizations that he has helped develop over the past several years, Peter houses tourists in a local community for several days so that they can enjoy and better understand local life. This people-to-people approach to tourism also allows the locals to learn about the visitors' culture and tastes in crafts. Peter is thus helping revive a critically important sector of the Kenyan economy by providing artisan groups and their communities with new sources of livelihood, while at the same time offering cultural awareness opportunities.