Herder Visits

In rural Mongolia, the poverty rate (47% in 2010) and the vulnerability to extreme weather (e.g. dzud and drought) are major factors. Herders, especially less affluent ones, can benefit from the supplemental income that this program promises (for example, they use the currency earned to build up their herds following devastating events).

Program objectives:

  • To support rural herder families by supplementing their income and enabling them to sustain their traditional livelihoods in a way that conserves the natural resources on which they depend.
  • To enable visitors to learn about traditional herder lifestyles through authentic experiences with rural Mongolians and gain an understanding of and appreciation for traditional nomadic Mongolian culture.