Nepali Craft Trading

An update from Nepali Craft Trading after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April:

Wednesday 29 April
We very much appreciate your concern and prayers. Many of our staff and producers have lost their homes. Communication is still not working properly. So far we have not heard any major human casualties. We hope and pray all our people are safe.

Wednesday 29 April
Thank you for your thoughts and wishes ! We are all terrified here of the current situation. Till yesterday, everyone was alerted to stay outside and safe. So, about 95% of the people stayed for last 4 days in an open shelter in a tent. Slowly, people are going back home but still are terrified. Many of the houses, historical temples have been collapsed and death rate has reached 5,000 people. Still efforts are being made to take people out of traps. We are safe here ! But we still need to have status of all of our staffs and artisans. Some of them are injured and houses of some of them are collapsed. Many of the places do not have electricity and access to internet.It will take some time to get back to normal. We need to check status of the buildings and people here/ We did not have internet ! So, could not reply ! Hopefully, we can start our operations from next week.

Nepali Craft Trading is the export arm of the Association of Craft Producers (ACP), a non-profit organization which has been working across Nepal for over 15 years, and now provides approximately 850 Nepali artisans, 85% women, with marketing and management support and technical and design assistance. Nepali craft focuses on products that their artisans can make in their own homes with little supervision after training is completed. These range from textiles to ceramics to jewellery and many more.In addition to being paid a fair wage for their products, artisans have access to a range of benefit schemes, including a producer's welfare fund, a savings plan, maternityNapali Craft Trading leave and an education allowance for young girls.

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Laxmi started weaving when she was very young. For a long time she had no control over the business side of her craft, as this was controlled by first her father and then, after she got married, her husband's father, so she was unable to build up any savings. Only when she and her moved out of her in-laws' house was Laxmi able to take initiative with her business.She began to share her weaving contacts with her female neighbours, and the women found that they were much more effective as a group. Over time, the group developed links with ACP. Laxmi became responsible for gaining new orders and supervising a group of weavers at ACP. Laxmi earns a fixed wage plus 15 percent commission on cloth brought from her village, which is equal to what her husband earns.

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