Episode 137: Connecting Two Worlds

The Porter Voice Collective

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There’s a well-kept secret in the international trekking industry. The Porter Voice Collective is raising up the backbone of the industry to advocate for change. In doing so, they’re empowering both porters and tourists to speak up for an equitable workforce.

In this episode, we talk with Marinel de Jesus and porter/guide Lucía Merclaluly Vela Sosa to learn about KM 82, a documentary The Porter Voice Collective is creating to help tell the story of porter treatment on Peru’s Inca Trail. They’re currently crowdfunding to fund the film – an opportunity for us to take action.

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Featured in this episode: Marinel de Jesus & Lucía Merclaluly Vela Sosa

Hosted by Gale Straub

Music is by Josh Woodward, Kai Engel, Meydan, and Lee Rosevere using a CC by A license. 

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Note: Initially this landing page contained a link to Marinel’s business landing page and blog. In order to focus on the Porter Voice Collective and their efforts to change, we have removed them since publication of this episode.


The Porter Voice Collective + KM 82

Sara, Lucía, and Marinel (clockwise from L)
Lucía Merclaluly Vela Sosa, Guide and Porter on the Inca Trail

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