In 1994, the sisters started a women’s trekking guide service.
It is part of EWN - Empowering Women of Nepal.
The trekking service is for female travellers.
But it also works to empower the women of Nepal.
Years earlier, Lucky had visited the far west of Nepal.
Here, she had seen the struggles of many women.
Their husbands and brothers had gone to India.
The women were left on the dry, unfarmed land of Western Nepal.
Lucky dreamed of working to support these women.
She said; ‘Our female trekking group helped me to make that dream real.
I remembered these hard working women.
And I recognised that country women would be the perfect people for female guides!’
Nepali women come to the EWN for different reasons.
Some want employment.
Others seek knowledge and skills.
They can then use their skills in their communities.
At the EWN trainees take part in a four week English programme.
They also learn about water cleanliness, waste management, and different kinds of fuels.
The women’s training gives them skills to teach others how to care for the mountains.
For example, they encourage people not to use plastic water bottles.
Instead they advise travellers to use iodine to purify their water.
This way, plastic bottles will not cover the beautiful mountains.
When the women have completed their training they can work as guides and earn money.
Then, they gain experience.
They lead groups of women on different treks through the mountains.
After this, some women return to their villages to spread news of the program.
Others continue their education at universities.
Or some receive a loan from the EWN.
The loan is for women who want to become community leaders.