Mahaguthi: Craft with a Conscience
Mahaguthi: Craft with a Conscience began marketing crafts in 1984 to support a program for destitute women and children. It now markets the handicrafts of 1,200 artisans working in 150 workshops, through a network of three stores in Nepal and various Fair Trade organization in Europe, Japan, and North America. Most of the artisans are from remote and mountainous ares: among them, 85% are women who are able to use traditional crafts skills while working in their own home. A significant portion of Mahaguthi's profit goes to Ashram, a shelter home for women and children focusing on rehabilitation.