Richard is a life warrior. He comes from a village in a very remote area of Tanzania. After many years of hard work and struggle he managed to open a little local grocery store for Kilimanjaro hikers, to marry the love of his life and to have a kid, Lorenzo.
However, life hit him hard: one family member fell severely ill, and Richard spent all the lifelong savings to try everything possible to cure him. At the same time, his grocery store got robbed and he is now trying to work on daily jobs to make sure his kid can still attend school. The robbery also impacted local farmers and little producers that were supplying the products.
His dream is to re-open his grocery store, and he could start again with as little as £4800. Richard was my mountain guide during my climb on Kilimanjaro. I had the chance to understand how trustful, caring and desperate he was for the risk of having to withdraw his kid from school during low season when there are very few climbers. I promised him that the western world would not ignore him, and will grab instead the opportunity to make a positive impact on his life and the people around him.