Support local handicrafts and empower Nepali women


The project

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 :)  







Why fund it?

The total estimated budget for this project is 65,000 US Dollars. At this stage, we need to buy concrete, sand, bricks and steel. We are aiming to raise 2,000 Euros and more if possible.  


The details below :  

- sand and concrete : 3, 000 US $

- bricks : 2,000 US $

- steel : 4,200 US $

- running costs (wages, electricity, etc.) : 5,000 US $  


If we manage to raise more than 2,000 Euros, the money will be used to finance the construction and also to buy machines, textils and promotional materials.


The building in a few words :


- main building; working place

- 2-3 living rooms for women in need

- a sustainable and independent center (bio gas toilets, cooking facilities, solar power, rooftop gardens, onsite well and water purification)  




Mon nom est Nasreen Shek. Je viens d'un petit village situé dans l'un des états les plus corrompus d'Inde, Bihar. Dès mon plus jeune âge, j'ai été témoin d'horreurs faites aux femmes au sein de mon village, de ma propre famille. Mariage forcé, abus de pouvoir, violences domestiques, intimidations. À l'âge de 11 ans je suis partie pour Kathmandu avec... See more

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Bravo à tous, le projet a atteint l objectif. Un grand merci à ces hommes et femmes très courageux dans ce pays népalais
Super beau projet, bravo à toutes ces femmes et hommes du Népal.
Bravo, pour ce magnifique projet. bon courage, félicitation...