A Scottish grandmother travels to Nepal to teach displaced Yak Farmers how to make cheese. A cross cultural exchange program from the Hebrides to the Himalayas in a mission to educate yak famers on new ways to use their milk and start earning an income.
A Swiss NGO introduced cheese making to the valley over 40 years ago and it became the backbone for many farmers. Following the destruction of the cheese making factory during the earthquake, these yak farmers were displaced, without a job and with an uncertain future.
FIHP introduced the Isle of Mull Cheese founder, Chris Reade, to the story of Langtang. The 77 year old Scottish grandmother spent her summer with founders, Brendan Beale and Rohan Christopher raising money and awareness from her hometown of Tobermory, on the Scottish Isle of Mull.
In November 2016, they set off on the first of many FIHP Skill Exchanges.
Chris worked with yak farmers and their wives on a series of workshops making soft cheese, including feta, mozzarella and cream cheese.
With excess milk and no cheese making factory, we sought to educate the farmers on new ways to use their milk and start earning an income once they return to the valley.