At the heart of everything Kahtoola stands for are people. The mountain cultures who continually inspire us. Those who spur outdoor product innovation. And everyone who uses and endorses our products. With people and the planet in mind, we started Kahtoola for the People, a program that gives 1% from the sale of every product to projects that work to preserve indigenous mountain cultures worldwide. Each year, we award grants ranging from $250 up to $10,000 that help improve healthcare, education, resources, and the environment within targeted cultures.
In years past, we’ve supported such projects as the Tibetan Aid Project, Himalayan Stove Project and Rumble X, and recently we’ve teamed up with Esperanca, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides resources to and improves the lives of communities around the world. Our focus will be on Peru and the community of Q’reos Totorani high in the Andes Mountains, with funds supporting the labor for the construction of 20 ecologically friendly, acclimatized homes that will provide safe living conditions for approximately 120 people—which helps keep families and cultures intact.