Photo Above: An outdoor living area where visitors are received, food is shared and plans are made.

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Juliet Lyon first came to Vilankulo as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2004. From there she spent many years in international development around Mozambique, but mostly around Vilankulo. In 2018, Juliet decided to try bottom-up development and launched ParCo. It wasn’t long before she connected with passionate local influencers to tackle issues of interest in their communities.

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Ilidio Cole first approached Juliet to find support for his Beach Clean team concept. As of February, 2019, he is ParCo’s first program coordinator overseeing Beach Clean, Seahorse Protection and YUSE projects. He holds a bachelors degree from the Eduardo Mondlane School of Rural Development (ESUDER) where he did a thesis on sustainable fishing. Last year, he was the top prize winner in the Frozy bottle collection competition with over 6,000 bottles and caps. At home he has a vegetable garden, a pet rabbit and is building his first up-cycled couch from two litter PET bottles.