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 and his family
Small start-up loans to create and maintain a agriculture business to support his family
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
Bima’s Rice and Beans Co. is currently thriving, providing food to a number of clients, including the Kilimanjaro Kids Community.
It is our hope that, in addition to providing food for the Kilimanjaro Kids Community, Bima’s Rice and Beans Co. will also be able to provide a portion of the food for our Makuyuni School Lunch Program. We hope to see Bima and his family have a bright and successful future, and will continue to support his business as it grows.