Frequently Asked Questions

What is SASANE Sisterhood Trekking and Travel ?

SASANE Sisterhood is a travel company in Nepal which was founded in the year 2016. SASANE Sisterhood Trekking & Travel offers various travel packages like city tours, trekking, wellness trips, cultural immersion trips & culinary classes.

What is the difference between SASANE and SASANE Sisterhood Trekking and Travel ?

SASANE and SASANE Sisterhood Trekking & Travel are two completely different entities whose common goal is to empower vulnerable women and survivors of human trafficking.

SASANE is a non governmental organisation (NGO) registered with the government of Nepal. Whereas SASANE Sisterhood Trekking and Travel is a for profit company who empowers survivors of human trafficking by engaging them in tourism through trainings, programs and certifications.

Who are the Survivors ?

Survivors are rescued & rehabilitated women who were trafficked for sexual exploitation and are now in a process of re-integration into the society.

How does SASANE Sisterhood Trekking & Travel work with Survivors of Human Trafficking ?

Every year SASANE Sisterhood Trekking & Travel funds the program to train survivor of human trafficking to become certified tour/trekking guides. Upon completion of the trainings, survivors go on to work in different areas of tourism. SASANE Sisterhood Trekking & Travel helps them in their journey to find a sustainable life through tourism. Depending on the need, our company also employs selected/deserving guides to work with us.

What common difficulties are faced while working with survivors of human trafficking?

SASANE Sisterhood works in a very sensitive area of women empowerment - empowering survivors in tourism through various programs (specially but not limited to tour/trekking guides). One of the most difficult challenge is instilling self confidence and can-do attitude amongst the survivors. This can negatively impact their learning process and rehabilitation which in turn impacts their capability to work in tourism sector where the expectation for a quality of service is higher than ever before. We have experts & counsellors who regularly monitor the progress, motivate and inspire. SASANE Sisterhood is well aware of the challenges that lies ahead and is committed to solve them efficiently.

What do certified trekking and tour guides do after completion of their trainings?

Survivors who successfully complete their certification of trekking/tour guide go on to work in different areas of tourism and hospitality sector. Till date SASANE Sisterhood Trekking and Travel has certified 31 tour/trekking guides. They work in different areas of tourism like Resorts, Hotels, Restaurants, Travel Agencies, etc. Some have even established their own home stays in rural communities. Depending on the need, SASANE Sisterhood Trekking and Travel also employs deserving tour/trekking guides.

Does Sisterhood guarantee employment of survivors after completion of certified guide trainings?

No, Sisterhood does not guarantee employment after completion of certified guide training nor does it entitle anyone to work with us. Our goal is to train survivors to become tour/trekking guides so they can work independently in the tourism sector. However, we do hire few deserving candidates to work with us depending on the need.

Is everyone working at SASANE Sisterhood a human trafficking survivor?

No, SASANE Sisterhood is an equal opportunity company where people with various skill sets and background work together. We do not claim to be an organisation where only survivors work. More than 90% of our employees are women.

Are all the activities guided by the Survivors who are certified ?

Our activities are always accompanied by a pair of guides. One is a regular guide and another is a survivor. Thus we will have 2 guides for most of the activities. Our regular guides are our tour leaders who ensures the highest quality of the trips we offer in coordination with a survivor guide who wants to hone the skills of the trade. This model of operation helps us to train and facilitate survivors to be better equipped before they start to explore the opportunities in wider tourism sector on their own.