14 Houses
A Community Center
3 Historical Renovations
100 residents
At 1750 m./ 5740 ft.

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Introducing the Rainaskot Residents

The Rural Economy and Migration

Over the last 10 years, the economy of Nepal has become dependent on the 4 million Nepali citizens living and working overseas, sending their earnings back to their families. While this has caused the poverty rate to decline, it comes at another cost.

Every day, 1500 Nepalis, mostly men, leave for jobs in the Middle East. They often work and live in hazardous conditions in order to send back just a couple of hundred dollars a month. All over Nepal, there are villages with just young mothers and their children, and the elderly. 

In Rainaskot, the villagers have welcomed more than 500 paid guests since October 2017, and the young men working overseas are considering a return as the income generated by the guests will allow them to remain in their home village.

report by the Nepali media channel Janata about the Homestay in Rainaskot. In Nepali with English subtitles:

 

Sustainability

Sustainable Structures

The primary concern of the architects was the earthquake safety features of the buildings. 

Using floating foundations, rebar reinforcement, lightweight roofing, and buffers around doors and windows, the design seek to prevent the most likely sources of damage in future earthquakes.

The design also takes into consideration the traditional culture and social structure of the village. 

Large porches were included as they serve as meeting place for villagers, an outdoor work space, and a place to welcome guests passing through.

The red and white colors were chosen to reflect the colors of traditional village homes, originally colored using red and white soil.

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Sustainable Economy

Each home Rainaskot contains a guest room that the villagers can rent out for cash income.

Due to the location and culture of Rainaskot, the tourist component of economic development has already become a success with 500+ guests in the first few months.

Strategies for income generation include:

  • paid guests for whom the villagers provide lodging and food, which they have grown themselves
  • agriculture development, including beekeeping, cardamom cultivation, and raising livestock such as goats and chickens
  • Locally produced crafts such as baskets and blankets

Sustainable Environment

The rebuilt environment of Rainaskot includes environmentally sustainable features. 

Key among these is the biogas tank for each household. Human and animal waste is broken down into fertilizer and methane gas with the addition of water and sunlight.

Benefits include:

  • cleaner indoor environment due to cooking with gas instead of firewood
  • self-contained system for the disposal of waste
  • significant reduction in time spent collecting firewood for cooking
  • less polluting toxins from burning firewood
 Biogas tank in Rainaskot

Biogas tank in Rainaskot