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Our Women's Products

Nepal is renowned for the handicraft skills of its people, and its women are certainly no less skilled than its men. Women entrepreneurs supported by us produce various kinds of products including handmade garments, handicrafts and food items. In addition to foreign markets, such products also target niche local markets, especially those customers interested in fair working conditions of the producers and those who are conscious about the environment and about their health.

Natural Dyes

Traditional dyes have been replaced by mineral ones in most parts of Nepal. However, the Tamangs of Kakani still retain knowledge of traditional dyes. Presently, five women make natural dyes, dye fabrics and threads. They learnt from BSC how to best to collect such plants, extract dyes from them and...

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Roses

Garlands of marigolds (malla) and bouquets of roses or gerbera often decorate the markets and streets in Kathmandu. In Newakot district the right environment exists to produce flowers, and our women entrepreneurs began to sell them as soon as they finished their training. They are already thinking about how to...

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Mushrooms

Having identified a growing demand for oyster and shiitake mushrooms, especially for restaurants and hotels, BSC has supported a number of women in different villages to start growing them. Mushroom farming is a suitable enterprise for landless women and they can be grown near their homes, allowing them to continue...

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Organic Vegetables

BSC is concerned about environment degradation and has encouraged the women farmers we support to convert their conventional vegetable farms into organic ones. The women now are happy: their products are not yet organic certified (it will take another two years) but they can already be sold as “organic-to-be” products...

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Knitted Items

Knitted woollen items have been produced in Nepal for long time. Kirtipur Hosiery has been in this field for many years. They do not work for a middleman but have their own label. They sell their self-designed items locally and through their website directly to customers abroad.           ...

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Clothing

Prabal Gurung is a global celebrity, but our entrepreneurs also had their moment of excitement when they saw their dresses in a Nepali and Spanish fashion magazine. Some of them now stitch dresses in their own workshops. Their confidence has risen since BSC arranged stitching classes for them in renowned...

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Silver and Fashion Jewellery

Silver jewellery, metal bangles and glass bead (pote) necklaces are worn by all women in Nepal. BSC has supported a number of women in different villages to develop their skills in making these ornaments. With our designer’s assistance, they have set up their own businesses in groups or singly to...

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Soft Toys

These are made of pure cotton with flax seed fillings. They are perfect for small children to play and bite! Durga (a woman entrepreneur) is now experimenting with different fabrics and threads to make the toys more appealing. She designs her own toys, which have already reached the Swedish market....

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Felt Products

Felt is made from dyed wool, which is processed with soapy hot water. It is then worked by hand and rinsed, pressed and dried. When dry, the wool will have turned into colourful and cosy felt fabric. Mum’s Felt has been producing felt products like brooches, bags and incense cases...

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Candles and Incense

Who hasn’t seen pictures of Nepal with a mandir (Hindu temple) or a stupa (Buddhist shrine) lit with candles, and deities worshipped with incense sticks? This is what happens twice daily in Kathmandu. The market for candles and incense here and abroad is huge. BSC has supported many women to...

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Sushila Tamang, Roses plantation, Okharpauwa

Sushila Tamang, a resident of Okharpauwa, Nuwakot, has been running ...

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Shanti KC (mushroom farming), Sirutar

“Shanti, you must go into mushroom farming. The market demand ...

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Mira Thapa and Kalpana Thapa (beads workshop), Sirutar

Sirutar, a small village in Bhaktapur District of Kathmandu Valley, ...

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