Sustainable Tourism Initiative is another leading projects of GET-Nepal. After the devastating earthquake, it adversely affected the economy of Nepal. GET-Nepal came up with home stay ideas to overcome the economic challenges. The Journey of Homestay started in 2016 when Sajana Bhadel, President from Changunarayn met her never introduced neighbor, Dashmaya Tamang.
Dashmaya Tamang, a young girl opened the homestay in 2014 with the help of local NGOs in Bhaktapur. There were 9 other homestays in the entire Changunarayan village. The guests had an amazing life experiences but unfortunately, the earthquake devastated 9 home stays except Dashmaya Tamang in 2015. She lost her hopes of getting guests to host but the team of GET-Nepal helped her to reopen the homestay. Ms. Tamang is very happy to share and teach her livelihoods with national and international foreigners. She is the only one bread-winner to her entire family. There are many girls like Dashmaya Tamang who are willing to host the guests.
Similary, after a one week long Homestay training in Gre village in Rasuwa district, there are currently five home stays running solely led by women. To know more about Gre Community Homestay.
The community homestays is one of the solutions for the community development along with women’s economic empowerment.