HOP has always maintained strong relationships with our local guides, believing that their success is our success. When long-time WWTrek porter Bimanicha Kilugala approached Dean about starting his own rice and bean business, Dean didn’t hesitate to give him a $500 start-up grant on behalf of HOP. Not only has he succeeded at his initial goal of creating a business that will provide for his children’s future, Bimanicha is also providing rice for the children at HOP’s Kilimanjaro Kid’s Community, as well as many others. Recently, HOP provided an additional $500 grant for a rice packaging machine and labels to help Bimanicha expand his business.
A young porter and father named Bimanicha Kilugala
Small start-up loans to create a sustainable business
Bima’s Rice and Beans is one of the primary food suppliers for HOP’s Kilimanjaro Kid’s Community
Bimanicha’s business continues to grow, recently adding a packaging machine to streamline sales