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.
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