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In Nepalese, Samunnat means “flourish”, and that is what this grassroots Nepali NGO aims to achieve. Est. in 2006 when a group of Nepali friends realised that many Nepali women were and still are extremely vulnerable to domestic violence and exploitation. Helping these women escape the situations or giving them financial assistance was a short-term and ultimately short-sighted solution. So, they decided to provide free or affordable legal advice, advocacy and human rights training, income-generating skills training, counseling and also a safe house for them and their children.  The skills training involved the women learning the art of making beads from polymer clay. The end results speak for themselves in the intricate designs that the ladies create. We fell in love with the story, the ladies and the beads or “wearable art” that the ladies create, and feel proud to support these women on their journey.

 

Ethik is proud to support "Seven Women", a grassroots NGO based in Nepal. Est in 2006 by Australian “Stephanie Wollard”, her passion and drive to help marginalised women in Nepal is inspiring. The driving force behind the Kathmandu based organization is an equally passionate Nepali lady, ‘Anita Kerr” who is passionate about justice and equality for women in Nepal. Anita and her team work to empower dis-advantaged Nepali women through education, skills training, and income generation. At any one time, seven women are living in the Seven Women Centre, learning how to sew and also to read and write. We have a close working relationship with Anita and the ladies and they make special orders for us using recycled sari fabrics.


 

 

 

The 'Colours' felting group is aptly named after the brilliant array of colors you will see in our designs. A small family business based in the Kathmandu Valley, we have been working together since 2011. Most of the 70 women who are employed by Colours are from the Mithila region in south-east Nepal, who are skilled in craft and who come to Kathmandu seeking employment. Approx a third of the women felters have the option to work from home, giving them not only flexibility to continue with expected domestic chores and looking after children, but empowerment to earn a living and make their own decisions economically. The women are paid "fair wages" and we pay "fair prices" for our products, thus supporting ethical trade. 


Bottles to Beads is an ethical business that trains and employs village women to produce beautiful glass beads and small glass items in Nepal.Items are made from discarded glass bottles that litter cities and mountains tracks of Nepal and become a hazard to people and animals. Each item is individually painted in the unique style of the artist. All the tools needed to create these products are made by women using everyday objects. It is not only about recycling. It is about a transformation: From a polluted to a cleaner environment, from unskilled and unpaid women to empowered income earners, from broken glass to jewelry and from trash to cash.

 




In Nepali, Muskan means “smile”, and so the vision of putting back smiles onto the faces of women was one of the group’s main focuses. Est in 2016, Muskan is the brainchild of 3 uni students, Anisha and Ursha Shakya and Sneha Shrestha,  who were studying "social entrepreneurship" for their master's degree. From a small idea to empower a few women in Kathmandu, to design and make and sell authentic handmade items such as earrings, keyrings, and necklaces, grew very quickly into a thriving social enterprise which now employs more than 80 women. We love the ethos of Muskan, that they “don't operate factories” rather the women work from home while tending to household chores. We have a direct relationship with the Muskan team and we carefully choose each product to showcase in our store. We hope these colourful pieces but smiles on your face as well as the women in Nepal!