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These Guided Tours of Panama are Led By Rehabilitated Gang Members

 - Mar 28, 2016
References: esperanzasvc.org & springwise
Rehabilitated gang members are leading walking tours of Panama City as part of a business incubator. The Esperanza Social Venture Club funded the guided tour scheme that offers employment opportunities to former gang members. This also offers travellers looking for an authentic experience in a developing country a way to be immersed in and learn about the local culture.

The Fortaleza Tours of Panama were set up by graduates of the innovation lab, which is dedicated to demobilizing street gangs in Panama by integrating members into society and stimulating the local economy. The tour guides not only inform tourists about the area, they also share their personal stories, pointing out their mothers' homes and nearby gang graffiti.