Empowering people through home sharing

Airbnb is committed to enabling and empowering all communities, including those that may have not previously benefited from tourism. Working with partner organisations such as Open Africa, the South African College for Tourism and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) in South Africa’s townships, Airbnb wants to economically and socially empower hosts, their families and their communities through home sharing.

Helping to build a more inclusive tourism sector in South Africa

Airbnb is proud to have partnered with Open Africa, the South African College for Tourism and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative to support, inform and empower women from rural areas across the Western Cape.

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Meet Lillian, a host on Airbnb living in Kayamandi in the Western Cape

Lillian is a host on Airbnb and lives in a township called Kayamandi in the Western Cape. When guests come to stay with Lillian, they receive a warm welcome from the whole community. Lillian enjoys hosting and believes it’s about giving whatever you have and that’s what she loves about Airbnb.

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Meet Maria, an Airbnb host from Khayelitsha Township

Maria is a host on Airbnb and lives in Khayelitsha Township in the Western Cape. Maria loves to know that when guests leave her home, they’ll have been completely immersed in the experience — from the food they get to eat, the home comforts they get to enjoy and the people they get to stay with.

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