"Believe in your idea and just get started. It’s always worth it and there will always be a way forward."
Who are you and what is your mission?
My name is Sina, I am from Germany and I started the project Eco Maasai Farm & Accommodation last year with my partner in Northern Tanzania. With this project we want to do something about the current situation in this area: create perspectives, fight poverty and raise environmental awareness.
On a little piece of land we are building traditional maasai huts for tourists in combination with an eco-farm. By doing so we want to create long-term employment opportunities for the local population while offering eco-tourism to visitors. In addition we want to use the farm for building awareness concerning a greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society and culture.
How did you get started and what were the obstacles you had to overcome?
We thought about using this piece of land for quite a while but could never really decide what to do with it. In the end we decided to combine what we love to do and what we do best. I studied geography and then environmental planning, my partner David went to the wildlife management college and works in the tourism industry as a safari and tour guide. We thought: Why not combine both fields and build an eco-farm where tourists can stay and the community can benefit from.
What advice would you give to somebody who is just getting started on their own mission/journey?
Believe in your idea and just get started. It’s always worth it and there will always be a way forward.
What are the three most important lessons you've learned in life and on your journey so far?
Most of the time life goes differently as planned.
Health is the most important thing of all.
In order to understand the world, you should go travel to be exposed to other ways of living and to cultures different from the ones that are normal to you and that you take for granted.
What are you afraid of or insecure about?
I am a very positive person and am not really afraid of anything. Even if things don't go so well, sooner or later there is always a way forward. Often things look a lot different after some time has passed.
What do you do when you feel stuck, insecure, or overwhelmed?
I talk to my partner or friends about it. This helps to calm me down and to have new ideas and perspectives, which keep me going again.
What are three values you live by?
Positivity, love and flexibility.
What is your definition of freedom? And what do you do to get there?
To be healthy and to be able to travel. Unfortunately, there isn't that much you can do for it, but I am glad that I am healthy and have been able to see some parts of this world so far.
Who or what inspires you?
The beauty and diversity of this world.
If you had one wish for the world, what would it be?
A closing sentence.
Love and respect each other.
Connect with Sina & David on Instagram and if you want to support their project check out their GoFundMe campaign:
GoFundMe: Eco Maasai Farm & Accommodation in Tanzania