Mesilou Atamis Homestay Association
The Mesilou Atamis Homestay Association is managed primarily by the young generation in Mesilou who have returned home to create income from tourism. The program not only provides a new source of income, it also highlights sustainable projects locally, like the organic fruit orchard and the aquaponics farm. Through the regeneration of this tourism experience, and connection to a customer base of international travellers, the community feels they are able to shine again after many years of not having the opportunity to share their culture.
Mesilou Atamis Homestay Association was registered in 2014 with 20 homestay families. Located at 1600m above sea level, the homestay is popularly known as the “The Highest & Coldest Homestay in Malaysia.” In the past, Mesilou Atamis Homestay showcased unique traditional and cultural activities to guests, but over time became more like a home rentals service through demand from the domestic tourism market. A homestay once created as a way to showcase their local culture had lost its connection to cultural celebration and immersion.
Planeterra provided a catalyst grant for Mesilou Atamis Homestay (MAH) to undergo a training program by BEST Society, a Malaysian non-profit that has expertise in community development. MAH received training to improve their homestay operation, with a focus on creating new tourism activities that allow travellers to experience and connect with the local culture.