The floating huts of Loktak lake in Manipur’s Bishnupur district are more than picturesque. Simple structures made of natural materials, they float on what the locals call phumdi (a mass of matted vegetation, organic debris and soil) at the edge of the lake. These huts have served as traditional homes for the local fishing community. The indigenous way of life is changing, with income from fishing dropping and fisherfolk struggling to make a living. Enter tourism. The locals decided to convert their huts into homestays and offer a unique staying experience for the many tourists and backpackers who visit Loktak lake. The Tata Trusts have supported these new entrepreneurs with solar energy solutions for the floating beauties.