Sanjeev Rai born and brought up in Aloo Bari is our ground support, and is the reason we think we can execute on Project Pragati.As a kid, his curiosity towards trekking grew as he saw people carrying huge rucksacks and were walking into the hills. He currently guides terks and climbs with White Magic Adventure.
Sanjeev has a son in Grade 1, and is passionate about the impact we could collectively create. If you meet him, you will love his demeanor and the honesty with which he talks about his life in the village.
Read more about him on the blog.
Shanti Mohan, is based in Bangalore and is founder of LetsVenture. She is passionate about trekking and sees this as an opportunity to truly give back to a region that gives back with such warmth to all trekkers and travellers. While we enjoy the glory of the mountains, it is the people there who make every trip memorable. A trip with Sanjeev in Sikkim has been the trigger to this initiative.
Shanti is the main sponsor and will contribute her time and capital towards making this project a playbook for more villages that could be waiting for help.
Karma and Pintso are based in Gangtok, Sikkim.
Karma has done his Engineering from Pune and MBA from IIM INDORE. After a career with Essar and TaxiforSure in Mumbai, he returned to Sikkim to become an entrepreneur
Pintso has done his graduation from Delhi University and has 10+ years of experience in the tourism industry in sustainable and community based travel.
Karma and Pintso are our founder volunteers, who understand the challenges of North East and have committed their time to help with setting up operations. They are the founders of OurGuest that aggregates home stays in north east
Nicholas has joined our team as Program Manager for Projett Pragati.
Nicholas now spends full time in Darjeeling and Bari Basti, working with the village children and community, as we start to execute on our vision.
Nicholas is a B.Ed from Salesian College, Sonada, Darjeeling after which he did Msc Film and T.V Production from Jalahandar, Punjab. In his last role he was attempting to be an entrepreneur where he worked with his family to ship Dale spices. The family had setup the unit but the business was impacted due to Covid. Today Nicholas wants to use this opportunity to contribute and learn building a program from grounds up.