MRP helps individual households construct their own greenhouses, plant orchards and learn how to farm mushrooms to ensure food security and eliminate hunger during unfavorable seasons, while also providing supplemental income.
In communities defined by traditional patriarchal social structures, MRP helps to provide much-needed safe spaces and shelters for women survivors of domestic violence, who otherwise have nowhere to turn for refuge and support.
Greenhouses help to provide year-round food supplies, regardless of seasonal changes and other adverse climate conditions. Mushroom farming generates revenues for free lunch programs at schools and reducing student tuition costs.
Indigenous beekeeping practices help to conserve local high-altitude biodiversity, which has been negatively impacted by climate change. The production of honey generates income for local communities.
Seed funding, microfinance initiatives and fellowships help displaced women social entrepreneurs to operate mountain-based businesses. These local startups add both social and economic value to their villages.
Many students work in the community greenhouses as part of a new social entrepreneurship curriculum led by MRP.
At school, students learn how to manage a business using modern tools like Microsoft Excel. Revenue generated from greenhouse crop yields helps to fund the schools.
Ecotourism is popular in Nepal, and the country’s government charges foreigners high daily fees. But little of this funding typically reaches the communities that need it most. MRP aims to change that by getting mountain communities involved in creating a more inclusive, grassroots-driven ecotourism industry. The goal is also to foster cultural exchange.