Global Adventure Travel company Exodus Travels has announced The Mountain Lioness Scholarship, an extension to their already life-changing Kilimanjaro Porter Project, that will see the company further support women within the Kilimanjaro region.
Since the inception of the Kilimanjaro Porter Project in 2018, women in the Kilimanjaro area have already made great strides towards equality; gaining the same recognition as their male colleagues and breaking out of the traditional mould and out-dated way of thinking for women within their region.
While a shift in the perception on the mountain has begun when it comes to gender roles, it has not been an easy road for these women and there is still a long road ahead. Exodus Travels’ Mountain Lioness Scholarship is the first step in continuing to bridge the gender divide and will see the company, award guide training scholarships to 10 women per year for the
next three years.
The name of the scholarship, The Mountain Lioness Scholarship, was inspired by Lucia Kivoi as a tribute to the courage and determination that she has shown as one of Kilimanjaro’s first female porters, and from there building herself a career as a guide working the mountain. Her story and that of the women porters working on the mountain is told in ‘Ngumu’ the women of Kilimanjaro, a film created by Exodus Travels and their award-winning Director and Videographer, Olly Pemberton.
Today only 18% of the workforce on Kilimanjaro are women, ten years ago there were none. This powerful film follows Olympic Gold Medallist Crista Cullen as she embarks on a journey with the pioneering female porters of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Kenyan raised and a Swahili speaker, she was able to delve into their world and hear their as-yet-untold story.
Over the last decade, Exodus Travels has funded various guide training scholarships and other training such as English language speaking (both men and women).
The objective of the scholarship is to empower 30 women working on the mountain with the required qualifications, knowledge and skills to seek employment as professional guides working in the Kilimanjaro National Park.
After the course, each participant will receive a guide license, enabling them to work as a guide in Mt Kilimanjaro National Park.
Celebrating 45 years, leading adventure tour operator Exodus has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica.
Operating in 90+ countries with 500+ tours, Exodus insists on low impact tourism and contributing to local communities.
Here is that fantastic film Ngumu the Women of Kilimanjaro: