Inspiring sisters Lucky, Dicky and Nicky run 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, which provides women guides and assistants for women trekkers through the Himalayas. They also run the nonprofit, Empowering Women of Nepal. Through it, they train disadvantaged local women (and men) to become guides.
Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN), the non-profit arm of 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, was founded to “help foster the growth of independent, self-sufficient, decision-making women, by encouraging self-empowerment.” Based in Pokhara, EWN’s training programs provide women (and men) educational, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the trekking industry, and have expanded to include the development of sustainable tourism in western Nepal as well as a home for children rescued from child labor along the Annapurna Trekking Circuit.
To date, EWN has trained 2075 women and young people as guides in Pokhara and the Karnali region. In May of 2011, EWN’s efforts garnered international attention when four EWN graduates became the first-ever Nepalese women to summit Annapurna IV.
And here are a sample of some of the awards and recognition they’ve won:
- Ashoka Fellowship in 2004 for social entrepreneurism
- First Prize for Sustainable Tourism Development from Association Les Sommets du Tourisme in 2007
- Nike Game Changer recognition in 2008
- The Global Sports Forum Barcelona’s Gold Trophy