Spring is In the Air and In Our Steps!
I am happy to announce that all ten women completed the mountain guide training program in Mweka Wildlife College and are gainfully employed as guides on Mt. Kilimanjaro! The women completed two months of grueling training. Having successfully climbed the mountain twice, I can attest how difficult it is to reach the summit! These are super strong women who now climb the mountain dozens of times a year safely taking clients from around the world in attempt to reach the summit. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world!
Glory Thobias, pictured center, leads the women guide training program and works with the women to ensure the training, their gear, and their jobs are going strong! Most of the women are in their twenties, and formerly worked as porters making pennies on the dollar. Now, as guides, they are earning on average $7.00 a day climbing the mountain. Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,371 feet in altitude and climbs can take up to two weeks to reach the summit!
You can read more about these amazing women here and the personal challenges that they face working as women on one of the mountains in the world.