MKPS

The Mount Kilimanjaro Porter Society (MKPS) has been founded by ZARA Tours in 2004 with the goal to improve the working condition of all porters on Mount Kilimanjaro and other hiking areas in Tanzania. A set of rules had been defined and the majority of Kilimanjaro operators have agreed to implement these basic terms which include:

  • Porters must me appropriately dressed for the trek with warm clothing and waterproofs
  • Porters must be adequately fed on the trip
  • The load per porter must be limited to 20 kgs (15 kgs For ZARA porters)
  • There must be adequate porter-client ratios (2 porters per client on the Marangu Route, 3 on others and 3 or 4 on the Lemosho Route).
  • Porters, guides and cooks must be provided with a set wage. Clients should be advised to tip staff appropriately for their services at the end of the trek.

Today, most porters at Mount Kilimanjaro (and ALL porters of ZARA!) are members of the Society and can benefit from various ressources such as language classes, classes in environmentally sustainable tourism, healthcare and first-aid classes, training in providing customer services, classes to know their rights, legal advise, assistence in micro-finances to improve their family’s living conditions and guarantee a proper education of their children, year-round employment possibilities, and access to an affordable equipment and clothing store.

Mount Kilimanjaro porters at work:

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters

Mount Kilimanjaro Porters 2

Certificates for attandence of English and First-aid courses; First-aid course:

Certificates for attendance of English course and First-aid course; First aid Course

Matauna Mpemba, Chairman of the Mount Kilimanjaro Porter Society:

Matauna Mpemba, Chairman of the Mount Kilimanjaro Porter Society


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marga Iturriza Casado  |  January 20, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Jambo, habari ya shule yenu? Mimi ni Marga, mwanamke wa DONOSTIA/Gipuzkoa (Spain).Nimesafiri mara mingine Tanzania na nimepanda Uhuru mara tatu na Zara adventures (nafikiri Zainab ananikumbuka)(Napenda sana mlima ndefu yenu!!!!).Ningependa kuongea na nyinyi, kutokana mwezi ya sita nataka kuendwa kule mwezi nne ili kujifunza kiswahili nzuri. Ninafikiri kwamba, labda, naweza kuwajifunza kispañol kidogo shule yenu. Mimi SITAKI pesa, kutokana kwa mimi hii itakubwa nzur kabisha, na nitaweza kuongea kiswahili na nyinyi. Mimi hapa ni mwalimu, na hata hapa nafanya kazi na shule, na ninajifundisha luga…. Sawa, mnakidhani kwamba ni nzuri kwa nyinyi, mnanijibu, tafadhali, na tunaendelea kuongea¿SINDIYO? ASHANTE SANA. NAOMBA MJIBU YENU.

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  • 2. marga Iturriza casado -2-  |  January 20, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Samahani, tafadhali, nimekosha kidogo: Hapana Kujifunza kispañol… “KUJIFUNDISHA KISPAÑOL” …Sawa! kama mnaona mimi ninahitaji KUJIFUNZA zaidi….
    Nawatakia siku njema.
    Marga

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  • 3. kihindi john  |  February 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

    i would like to now more about the association on the number of porters in which the assocation has employeed since it has statered

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