Kilimanjaro Porter Project, Tanzania
Kilimanjaro Porter Project
To anyone who has voyaged to the roof of Africa, Arusha will garner fond memories. The town sits in the shadow of mighty Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, and is home to many who make their living by helping others reach the summit of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.
Outside of trekking season and during the long (April-June) and short rains (November) employment opportunities in Arusha are limited for porters and guides. To combat the lull of the rains, in 2004 Exodus established three rainy season schools so that guides and porters could improve their language skills, environmental awareness, and customer service skills. Initially, the schools focused on enhancing employment opportunities or developing existing careers.
The Mountain Lioness Scholarship: One Year On
Just 10 years ago there were no female porters or guides on the mountain, but now numbers are slowly climbing thanks to the courageous, female porters that defy social stigmas to work alongside their male counterparts on Kilimanjaro.
The Mountain Lioness Scholarship, from the Exodus Travels Foundation in partnership with Robertson Outdoor Bursary, offers female porters to opportunity to undergo full mountain guide training – enabling them to support their families, and address the gender balance on Kilimanjaro. Our first 10 lionesses have now graduated the programme – find out more about what this scholarship means to them, and their communities.
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