Community Homestay Network recognized globally as one of the 25 travel companies in the
world doing good things.
A social enterprise from Nepal, Community Homestay Network (CHN), has been featured by
Travel Pulse in a list of 25 companies changing the world, alongside other global organizations
like North Face and Hyatt. Travel Pulse is one of the leading sources in the world for the latest
travel news, offers and videos.
The recognition from Travel Pulse comes in light of CHN’s work to empower local communities
in Nepal through tourism. CHN supports communities by managing travel related logistics,
promoting communities globally through different global platforms, providing trainings to
homestays on relevant topics and working with communities to develop new tourism products
to enhance travelers’ visits and create a value addition for communities. CHN also helps
communities upgrade their services by sharing best practices and providing financing options,
as and when needed.
Community Homestays act as source of additional income for many communities. While
families are engaged in other primary work (mostly agriculture), homestays provide a source of
employment to people at the comfort of their own homes. This has been particularly beneficial
to women who are often responsible for managing the household. The travelers’ contribution
for the homestay experience, provides a source of income to women and the interactions with
travelers also help them become more confident. Women in Panauti and Barauli, who are part
of the Community Homestay Network, report feeling more confident after becoming a part of
the community homestay project. Women who previously did not have bank accounts, are now
getting their incomes credited directly into their bank accounts and women in other
communities, take pride in being able to contribute towards the family savings with the
In terms of the impact on the larger community, since most communities source the supplies
for their homestays locally, the local economy also benefits. The community in Bhada, for
example, is interdependent when it comes to buying and selling agricultural produce required
for guests. In Barauli, new restaurants and community-based lodges have opened after the
success of the Barauli Community Homestay.
The thousands of global travelers that visit community homestays through CHN’s networks
have helped create a tangible change in their hosts’ lives. Families report increased income, and
communities report an increased interest from community members for cultural preservation.
More recently, in the absence of tourism due to COVID-19, Community Homestay Network has
developed a project to support local communities develop and sell unique local products that will promote the destinations in which they are made. The project was recently awarded with a
Booking.com grant and has kicked off in full swing.