Trekking is a Walking Meditation

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Trekking is a Walking Meditation

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"Female Trekking Guide and Porters for Lady Trekkers" is our pioneering mark for women trekkers in the Himalayas.

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Positioning of your initiative on the mosaic diagram:
Which of these barriers is the primary focus of your work?

Few effective tools for personal improvement

Which of the principles is the primary focus of your work?

Use sport to build character

If you believe some other barrier or principle should be included in the mosaic, please describe it and how it would affect the positioning of your initiative in the mosaic:

Challenging stereotypes of poverty, ignorance, and isolation of rural women by harnessing the growing demand for female mountaineers and adventure tourism professionals.

Nepal is famous for the export rural women in Indian brothel. Our work can prevent from exporting Indian brothel by providing opportunity in Nepal.

Working in the West Nepal is motivating domestic war affected peoples.

What is your signature innovation, your new idea, in one sentence?

"Female Trekking Guide and Porters for Lady Trekkers" is our pioneering mark for women trekkers in the Himalayas.

Describe your innovation. What makes your idea unique and different than others doing work in the field?

"Female guides and porter services for lady trekkers" with skill training as well as paid apprenticeship program in cooperation with our sister Company 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking (P) Ltd.

Trekking was a male dominated profession even though tourism is the main resources of foreign currency in Nepal. On the other hand, trekking and mountaineering are the most attraction of Nepalese tourism. It has huge demand of women guides and assistant on trekking as well as Nepalese women are looking for opportunity to involve in tourism.

The mission of our project is to help foster the growth of independent, self sufficient, decision-making women by encouraging self-empowerment.

What are the existing barriers, the biggest problem, your innovation is hoping to address/change?

The trekking guide profession in Nepal was a male dominated industry. Initiating an all women's trekking agency was a pioneering feat. Our biggest problem is breaking the mold of culture and tradition, which restricts opportunity for women. Some of the other problems we have are as follows.
• No education / Trainings facilities
• No moral support
• Traditional beliefs
• Social and cultural barriers
• Lack of opportunities
• Disrespectable profession
• Exploitation
• Sympathy
All = Barriers

Delivery Model: How do you implement your innovation and apply it to the challenge/problem you are addressing?

First, We worked ourselves and became a role model for our society. Our organization is the pioneer in this field. We are motivating our society with continuity. We are designing program as per the demand of circumstances.
We always work from the bottom level and try not to leave anybody. We are providing maximum facilities to reach into the target group. We are always welcome the feed back and ready to change. We monitor our work very much and keep real data. We believe on quality rather than quantity. We start our work with our own research. We do field visit by our own. We involve more people and share the idea.

How do you plan to grow your innovation?

Most of our idea we share with the people but few people would not support because they think it is useless. Therefore, we do by our own. First of all we do study whether it is necessary or not? We never wait for the opportunity to try.
Especially if I share my ideas to my sisters and family, accompany me. I always start with a small scale. We like perfect work that is why we do not mind to put our effort to make the things happen.

Provide one sentence describing your impact/intended impact.

Our intended impact is to empower women and rural community development through promoting tourism in remote areas.

What impact has your innovation had to date/or what is your intended impact? Exactly who are the beneficiaries?

Our main purpose is to give opportunity to women in remote areas to benefit their economic situation, education and health. We want to break the cultural barriers imposed on women in Nepal. We hope that the women who take part in our training program will share their knowledge about health, leadership and education. We strive for our trainees to be role models for all Nepalese women.
The remote mountain women are our main beneficiaries.

How many people have you served directly?

To date, we have trained 500 women providing the opportunity for them to live independently. Every year, the number of participants in our training program is growing.
Our organization has recently initiated a mobile training program in West Nepal, Karnali Zone. Through this extended outreach program, we plan to indirectly serve 300,000 people.

How many people have you served indirectly?

This field has not been completed

Please list any other measures reflective of the impact of your innovation?

Through education and empowerment, our women have gained confidence in their ability to succeed and move forward in life. They are motivated to further their studies and travel the world. We feel that our women are at the forefront of a women's rights movement slowly occurring in Nepal.

What are the main barriers to creating or achieving your impact?

The main barriers are as stated above. Another obstacle is the sympathy women receive from men in Nepal. Our women do not need sympathy, they need education and opportunity, and that is exactly what we strive to provide for them.

How is your initiative financed (or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)?

Most of our revenue and support is providing by our trekking agency, 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Pvt. Ltd is always contributing 5-20% profit for the program, which is a secure fund for the program. We also receive individual donations from trekkers, friends, and funding agencies around the world (specifically America and the Netherlands).

If known, provide information on your finances and organization.

Please find the attached annual budget of fiscal year Aug 2006 – July 2007 and annual revenue generated in one document.
Total Yearly Expenses: $62,024

Budget Overview

Capital Costs : US$ 4,708
Direct Program Expense : US$ 40,142
Administration & Overhead Expense : US$ 24,712

Total number of staff and volunteers:
Paid Staff Volunteer Staff
Tara Uprety – Office Assistance
Tukashi – Housemother
Tamuna Pun – Hostels in charge
Laxmi Bhujel – Private Tutor
Renuka Karki – Private Tutor
Indra Rai – Maintenance
Gyan Bdr. Karki – General assistant
Shiva Bhakta Thapa – Field co-ordinator Ms. Lucky K. Chhetri
Ms. Nicky Karki
Mr. Binod Koirala - Technical Advisor
Ms Bijaya Karki – English & Computer Teacher
Volunteers from Aboard

What is the potential demand for your innovation?

Women from all over Nepal are interested in our training program. They want the opportunity to become empowered and there is an ongoing demand for us to provide this service. Another aspect of demand comes from women trekkers, who appreciate the female trekking guide service we provide. Since our trekking agency and the amount of women participating in our program has grown significantly over the past several years, we anticipate an increasing demand. Other trekking agencies have seen the be

What are the main barriers to financial sustainability?

Tourism is a sensitive business, affected by the current situation of the country. Especially in Nepal, the amount of tourists fluctuates according to the unstable political situation. A financial setback could also occur from a lack of future donors.

The Story
What is the origin of this innovation? Tell us your story.

There are 3 motivated factors to innovate this business. In 1994, we three sisters were running a business of a small guesthouse in a tourist town, Pokhara, Nepal. Within a couple of months, our business became popular and many women travelers start stopping at our guesthouse. Few women trekkers were having trouble with male guide and porters along the trails and shared with us. We start taking that incident seriously and thinking how can we co-operate them.

In a slow hearse, trekking tourist season I went to figured out the trail condition, all the logistic including safety for women to start trekking guide services for women trekkers. I got courage to think on it because I had been through Basic mountaineering training, which inspired me to trust my will power and physical strength. I was suffering lack of my physical strength since my childhood.

I Immediate realized that women from rural mountain areas could do very well. They are strong and hard working women who lived in the rural mountain areas of West Nepal, looking for the opportunity. Then we started working as a trekking guide in the Himalayas. At the beginning, no women want to be a part of it but when, they saw our progress slowly joined us.

Women start coming but had no knowledge of tourism and trekking. We design a very simple course for a month and paid apprenticeship program with our trekking company, which encourage women to involve in this new venture. Now about 60 women are working with us.

Please provide a personal bio. Note this may be used in Changemakers marketing material.

"Lucky trained in The Himalayan Mountaineering Training Institute in Darjeeling, India in 1990. The training sparked her interest in an adventurous life and we, her sisters, shared her feelings and dreamt of trekking throughout the Himalayas. This, combined with the requests from our trekking friends, gave us a unique idea for women to be trekking guides. In 1994, we started a women's trekking guide service.

How did you hear about this contest and what is your main incentive to participate? (this is confidential)

I heard of this contest through Ashoka. My main incentive for participating in this competition is to become associated with the Nike network. Nike is a well-known worldwide company, providing quality equipment used for trekking and other sports.

Affiliation (please list all that apply)

Ashoka Fellow