Ganesh Himal Trading Co.
The Ganesh Himal Trading Co. has grown from a meager beginning in 1984 to an organization which now supports over 1000 disadvantaged women. The project was originally funded by a grant from World Neighbors and aims to employ women who come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. The program enhances the dignity of women by helping them develop skills from which they can earn a living. Their ultimate goal is to improve the status of women in Nepal. The women producers at Ganesh receive a fair wage and have access to low cost health care, funds for female child education, peer counseling services, and welfare retirement funds.
Since 1992, Avatar Imports has partnered with a Fair Trade clothing factory in Katmandu, Nepal to produce high quality clothing that is made responsibly. Katmandu had recently experienced political unrest as well as outbreaks of violence; the instability in the community makes the opportunities provided by Avatar vital to the people who work there. Avatar strives to provide a clean and safe working environment as well as a living wage that is above the national average. Avatar also give loans without interest to long term employees and they provide all artisans with health care coverage. Avatar is also eco conscious using natural fibers, local materials, and recycled materials when possible.
Didi Bahini means "sisters" in Nepalese, denoting the talented sisters who largely make the products, the supportive sisters who buy the products and the committed sisters who organize the Didi Bahini initiative. Artisan brothers and customers are also greatly appreciated. Didi Bahini works towards empowerment of women and facilitating gender mainstreaming into the development process. Through a participatory learning approach, Didi Bahini strives to meet these goals and provide a stable work environment for it's artisans.
Committed to creating trans-cultural experiences, dZi has worked with Tibetan refugees artisans in India and Nepal since 1987. Their primary objective is to bring increased economic opportunity to Tibetan artisans in India by selling their products to American consumers while educating customers about the culture of Tibet. dZi is the Tibetan word for the famous "eye beads" which are considered a powerful charm and vessel of great secrets to be revealed in the future. The name proves true, as dZi artisans continue to create a wide variety of traditional and creative, non-traditional Tibetan products.
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.
Creations by Lily
Creations by Lily celebrates the cultural heritage of a remote people in the Himalayans Mountains while supporting their local economy and increasing their standard of living. At the same time it strives to conserve the world's limited resources while minimizing waste. Each item is made by hand to assure you of it's quality and originality. Better for the artisans. Better for you. Better for the earth.
Kumbeshwar Technical School was established to assist socially and economically disadvantaged children in the Kathmandu Valley. KTS seeks to provide trainees with marketable skills that can ultimately lead to successful self-employment. Graduates of the training program have the opportunity to move into employment at KTS, or to establish their own workshop. Besides the technical school, KTS operates an orphanage, a nursery, a primary school and a workplace day-care. Other benefits include literacy classes, women’s health education, health and accident insurance, and access to loans. KTS was established in 1983, providing an alternative vision to poverty and caste discrimination. Initially the institution focused on the “pode” or street sweeper and rickshaw driver community, in which children lacked access to education.