By promoting homestay based tourism and the local handicrafts from these solar electrified villages, the Mountain Homestays initiative has not only connected these villages with the rest of the world but has also enabled the women of these villages to earn additional income and create a sustainable, scalable social enterprise.
The access to energy has played a crucial role in positively impacting the women of these communities who now not only maintain these solar microgrids that provide electricity for their homestay but they also promote the lighting and charging facility, as a feature of their homestay, to attract trekkers. An innovative approach which has enabled these women to be actively involved in the economic activities of their households.
The women from these villages are involved in a lot of activities like carpet weaving, cutting sheep wool, apricot and apple farming apart from many more activities related to handicrafts. Some of the more enterprising women try learning English so that they are able to communicate with the tourists and trekkers that frequent these areas.