Every day Bishnumati Sunar and her fellow residents of Krantitole, in Western Nepal, dig sand and gravel by hand from the Seti-Gandaki River in order to sell to builders merchants at around £3 per ton. The work is back-breaking and has recently been ruled illegal by the local government. This leaves the community without the tiny income they had become dependent on. The Mountain Trust has been working with the community for nearly a decade on projects including toilet building, free health camps and water system installation. Now we have developed a livelihood project to help transition to new ways of earning a living.
Krantitole Livelihood Project
In December 2014 we started an emergency project to retrain the women and men of the Krantitole community as carpet weavers and hand emboiderers. With help from the community, two staff on the ground and two full-time interns and the support of Janahit, a local NGO, The Mountain Trust is providing a 3 month training programme with guaranteed on the job work experience at the end of the programme. The Trust is trying to raise funds for this programme. Please donate at www.justgiving.com/mountaintrust £10 would pay for a skilled trainer for a day. £20 would provide materials for three day’s training. The Trust is also funding the driving license applications of 3 men of the community in order that they can earn a living from driving taxis, buses or trucks.