Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Aleevee8 disrupting mountain poverty in Nepal has applications in other mountain communities
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The aleevee8 Foundation held a special event at the UK Parliament last week to showcase their innovative 'Disrupting mountain poverty in Nepal through eco-tourism' initiative.
The strategic high impact solution aims to turn eco adventure tourism into a sustainable poverty alleviation programme.
The focus is on creating markets at the bottom of the economic pyramid and to use those markets to sustainably finance poverty reduction.
After extensive, privately funded research and development aleevee8 CIC, a UK registered Social Enterprise, has been formed to pioneer the programme.
The Pilot Project revolves around the construction of 8 community-owned eco-lodges along a wilderness trekking route in the Gurkha region of Nepal.
Speakers and supporters of the programme included:
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.