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Mountain Shepherds Initiative

Founded in the Himalayan region of Nanda Devi in 2006, the Mountain Shepherds Initiative has trained up more than 70 youth, both boys and girls, to work in responsible adventure tourism. Those that stay with the initiative can own shares in the company – so far 12% of the total equity is owned by the youth, and the percentage is growing each year. Recently the group has begun to share its model with other similar communities spread across the Himalayas, helping sustain these remote and inaccessible villages, while also ensuring the preservation of the natural heritage that surrounds them.

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