With the magnificence and scale of its size and beauty, the mountainous regions in Gilgit-Baltistan are an attractive destination for tourists. Sadly, few are aware of the hardships faced by the local communities that live in this rugged land. When population numbers were small and natural resources were abundant, the communities living here faced challenges linked only to communication infrastructure and access to markets and services. But today in order to meet the needs of a growing population, a declining resource base and the changes in precipitation due to climate change, the are more challenges to face.
Nestled on a high hill with a picturesque backdrop of mountains, the village of Gole Tassu comprises of eight hamlets. The scattered households have limited landholdings and not many opportunities for livelihood and enterprise development. The rigors of daily chores, revolving largely around water, consume most of the time of women and girls. With no proper water supply scheme in place, water for both agriculture and domestic use is fetched by women from surrounding snow melt water streams. The streams are contaminated rendering the water unfit for human consumption, but with no other option the polluted water was consumed by people resulting in disease and mounting medical expenses.