The Backpackers is run by Amcan Services in partnership with the Eden Community Initiative, a social enterprise and registered NPO purposed to enable individuals, communities and organisations in the Eden District to achieve their goals economically and socially.

Shepherds Tree partners with Kluyts MakerSpace, Crafted Eden and BizRev (the Business Revolution), the three businesses that form the ECI. We add a fresh dimension to this continuously evolving and successful social enterprise.

The Backpackers is an initiative to not only open up more jobs, but also to mobilize more resources to focus on other community development projects.

We aim to be an inspiring space for locals and tourists alike, where like-minded, hopeful people can think freely and creatively about both personal and community growth, development and opportunity.