Sponsors: Carl Heaton (CEO of American Capital Group) & Mike Salomon (founder of Sherpa Performance Guides)
Project Cost: $2400
Porters injured on mountaineering expeditions often suffer from frostbite, resulting in the loss of work as porters. Many have little or no education, leaving them with fewer ways in which to support their families.
In 2008, under the joint financial sponsorship of Carl Heaton and Mike Salomon, SherpaCares established a co-op facility in Kathmandu where disabled porters can support themselves and their families by:
- Making, serving and selling coffee
- Making and selling foodstuffs and handicrafts
This allows injured porters to become self-sufficient enough to provide for their families.