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The social impact startup socialbnb is developing an online platform that connects explorers with social and ecological projects or social businesses around the world. We offer their unused spaces as overnight accomodations to travelers who want to make meaningful experiences in a more sustainable and authentic way. By staying overnight on site, the projects receive a sustainable source of income apart from donations and can thus finance their valuable work.
This supports projects in the field of environment and animal welfare, as well as education, equality or health. Meanwhile, travelers have the opportunity to have an authentic and local travel experience, to immerse themselves in local life and to learn more about the respective project. In this way, we create a new form of sustainable tourism that benefits everyone. Founded by Nils Lohmann and Alexander Haufschild, socialbnb is based in Cologne in Germany.
Figures, Data, Facts
- Start of the project phase in 2018 – started as a project of the association Enactus at the University of Cologne
- Founding Team: Nils Lohmann and Alexander Haufschild
- Location: Cologne
- Team size: 10 persons
In Cambodia we met the tuk-tuk driver Seng Chanty. Seng wanted to build a school in his village to provide free English lessons for children. However, his social project lacked the necessary donations. Together we developed the idea of renting out the empty rooms of his house to travelers and letting them participate in the daily life of the village. Within three months, so many travelers visited Seng that he was able to build the school and hire an English teacher from the income.
The idea of using the enormous power of tourism to fund sustainable projects stuck with us. Alongside our studies, we continued to pursue the idea over the years in a growing team. After overwhelming feedback from various projects and travelers, Alex & Nils from the team decided to found socialbnb as an independent social business in 2020.
Conventional tourism excludes the local population in many parts of the world. On the one hand, this has the effect that revenues do not stay on site and, on the other hand, that travelers have only limited interactions with local people.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to provide meaningful experiences, that have a long-lasting positive impact for travelers and local communities.
Through this, our vision comes true and we establish a fair tourism that creates unique experiences and all together a better world of travelling.
Impact Report 2022
To make visible what has been created by the bookings, we want to present you our first Impact Report. The Impact Report presents every accommodation booked in 2022 with the corresponding project and continuously evaluates the actual added value of each overnight stay.
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