The Mountain Trust offers vocational training to disadvantaged groups who demonstrate a need for the training and a desire to provide for themselves through their own labours. The Mountain Trust tries to help motivated individuals and community groups to stand on their own feet.
In certain circumstances, the Mountain Trust has sponsored vocational training - such as tailoring skills and has provided sewing machines to enable the individuals to become self-sufficient, to stand on their own two feet and in many cases, support a family as well. Here is just one such family from Pokhara.
The Trust has also donated bicycle rickshaws to enable dalit families to earn an income.
Khargisara Aryal was supported by the Mountain Trust and Manipal Hospital to have a brain tumour removed. Following Dr Cherian's successful surgery, the Trust covered the costs of training and purchase of a sewing machine.
Khargisara is now recovered, resettled and self-sufficient, thanks to the support of donors in the West.
In August 2013 The Mountain Trust bought 3 sewing machines and paid for a 6-month training scheme for 10 women in the Meghauli area. For people without investment capital a sewing machine can provide a really valuable means of making a living. Customers bring their own fabrics to make into clothing. This kind of work can fit in to the running of a subsistence-farming lifestyle.