Our journey begins with a shy Manoj and an enthusiastic Jazzmine who met working for an NGO in Gajner, a village located 30-kms from where our first Hara House became home in Bikaner. After exchanging languages, cultural traditions and dreams for the future, Manoj and Jazzmine quickly adopted each other as brother and sister.
After 3 years in the community, Manoj and Jazzmine realized their passions for youth empowerment and environmental action. Transforming the hospitality and tourism was the next big adventure they wanted to take on, but what would it look like?
In 2017, the duo developed the concept of a zero waste space investing 20% of profits and 100% of efforts to support economic, social and environmental sustainability in Bikaner.
In 2018, Hara House was born, but not without the help of our community in India and Canada providing resources, funds, hours of commitment to the infrastructure and strategy and a whole lot of love.
Today, Hara House stands as a prime example of what the tourism industry could be.
Our next journey?
Making Hara House a nationwide property chain and tourism organization, leading the industry to make sustainable and impactful change.
|Love your Community||Sustainable Living|
|It is important for all members of our community to treat each other with respect, and to respect cultural norms and practices wherever we may be working.||We empower our community through economic and social opportunities. We also provide a platform for implementing new ideas aligned with our values that impact Bikaner in a positive way.||
All members of the Hara community are asked to approach sustainable living at their own pace and to respect the practices in place when onsite at Hara properties.
Co-Founder and Business Development Officer
Jazzmine is a social entrepreneur and content creator with a passion for responsible travel, conscious consumption, ethical fashion and social good.
At 18 years old, Jazzmine launched a non-profit organization called Raine for Water, which led her to travel the world learning the ins and outs of grassroots development and social innovation in Canada, Ghana and India. Before the age of 25, Jazzmine had the pleasure of working as the Operations Manager of a grassroots NGO in India, and Executive Director of a youth social justice nonprofit in Canada.
Jazzmine was named one of 35 social entrepreneurs to watch for in 2019 by Causeartist. In her spare time, Jazzmine travels between Delhi and Bikaner developing content and strategy for nonprofits and purpose-driven enterprises.
Co-Founder and Rajasthan Operations
The OG Desert Man
Manoj is an Indian entrepreneur from Chandasar, Rajasthan. His passion for hospitality and food has led him to work for large restaurants and hotels, including the infamous hotel chain, Taj Hotels. Manoj currently owns a local shop and cafe in the village of Gajner and runs all day-to-day operations for our Bikaner and Chandasar properties.
In his spare time he enjoys working on the family farm in Chandasar and trying his hand at permaculture through a small Moringa venture he started in 2016.
Community Manager and Tour Operations
Upcycled Fashion Designer
Originating from the foothills of Alberta, Kelsey was raised on the values of local living with awareness of global impact. As Community Manager at Hara House, Kelsey conducts events and workshops based out of the Bikaner Hub. As the head of our Tour Operations, she develops and leads multi-day tours across north India focused on sustainability and community development.
Kelsey’s background in educational leadership includes working with all ages as a experiential learning facilitator. From early childhood development through play, to guiding wilderness treks in both the Canadian Rockies and the Indian Himalayas.
With a passion for the outdoors, Kelsey completed her WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course in Jan. 2019. She believes in building intentional community, and is excited to create exceptional experiences for guests at Hara House.