The world’s largest online homestay marketplace Airbnb on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA).

Through the partnership, Airbnb will work with SEWA members to help them share their homes with Airbnb’s community of international and domestic guests, creating economic opportunities for women in rural areas and promoting tourism spend in parts of India that have not traditionally benefited from tourism and hospitality, the company said in a release.

Founded in 2008, Airbnb started operations in India in 2016 and has 18,000 properties listed here. Mike Orgill, director of public policy, Asia Pacific said, “we have seen 188% growth in guest arrivals in India. Almost half the hosts here are women. The partnership with SEWA will boost opportunities for women in India.”

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