Local women's handicrafts is a small fair trade sewing collective located in Kathmandu, Nepal. This business focuses on empowering and educating women with the aim to change social and cultural norms in Nepal.
Behind the scenes 22 women work. Having fled their village, challenged by physical disability, abandonned by their husband, living in extreme poverty or simply wishing to move forward in their life and to educate themselves, each of them has their own story.
The shop in Kathmandu is currently threatened by pressure from the landlord. Further, we want to ensure the durability of the business and employ more women. This is why we are building more working space in a village close to Kathmandu. Your support to fund costs for this building will guarantee a safe and stable environnement for these women and help them blossom and become financially independent. The land has already been purchased and the foundation is being built with the help of supporters from all around the world, just like you. We need to raise more funds to complete this wonderful initiative. By helping us with this project you will ... - bring hope to a lot of women - lead these women to express their creativity and individuality - support freedom, selfreliance and liberation from limited thoughts - stand against forced marriage - empower women's place in the Nepali society - promote local handicraft - support spirit of initiative and free enterprise
Who am I? My name is Pascaline and I am speaking on behalf of Nasreen, the 23 years old lady who is behind this initiative. I've been traveling for 2 years now and i am currently living in Nepal (for 2 1/2 months). Whilst traveling, I try to immerse myself in the culture and stay with locals to get a better understanding of the country. After 3 weeks of volunteering in a village (carrying rocks to build a new school and teaching English) I came back to Kathmandu to apply for my Indian visa. During one of my strolls in the busy streets of Thamel, I came upon a little handicraft shop. Nasreen's shop. I got deeply touched by her story, her smile, her energy and her strength. It's incredible how far her dreams have lead her. I feel grateful to know her. She is such an inspiring woman and she deserves respect, admiration. There you have it. I'm trying to help her the best I can and that's why I'm asking for your support :)