As a way of saying thank you to the local people of Altai village, where our Altai rides are based, we started a community vegetable garden project back in 2010. When we asked what we could do to help the village, the people told us "help us grow veggies". It's been a slow process, but Amangul and her team have produced a bountiful harvest for the 2020 growing season.
We like to think that bringing people to the area has been beneficial through the money we spend in the local economy. However it doesn't benefit most people directly, so this is our way of making sure more of the community gets something from our visits. Patients at the local hospital have been getting the benefit of tasty vegetables!
We are contributing 5% of the price of all Altai trips toward financing the project. Progress updates for 2020 are on the way.