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Eventually we returned to Oregon; I went to high school and college, embarked upon a career, got married and had a child. Over these past four decades, I have maintained my connection to Nepal, visiting as often as possible, but admittedly, I was living a rather normal and mundane American life.
In the summer of 2011, I began to feel the pull of something left undone. I realized that who I was as a person, my values and principles, and my perspective of the world and life in general, were to a significant degree the result of those early experiences in Nepal. I was haunted by a question from which I could not escape: how could I enjoy my successes so long as my Nepali brothers and sisters experienced so few, if any. I clearly needed to reorder my priorities and refocus my energies on projects that would bring greater meaning to my life and greater opportunities to those who had so few.
And so, Elevation Trade was born.