Our craftswomen receive a fair reward for their efforts, moreover they are members of the Micro-Enterprise Development Program. This program is a collaboration between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Nepalese government with the main aim of reducing poverty in rural areas of Nepal. Especially women from underprivileged backgrounds were given the opportunity to set up their own micro-enterprises to improve the living conditions of their families. Through MEDEP, our professionals are trained to produce materials and end products that meet western standards. They received tools for more efficient production, subsidies and facilitation in the promotion of their products. All resources were provided to improve their situation. The program ended in 2018, but our craftsmen are still going strong and will continue to make our beautiful crafts. At present, our products come from more than 18 MEDEP artisans in the northern mountain regions of Nepal.
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After his travels through Nepal in 2015, Remco decided to start HIMALAYAN. Impressed by the looks, the eco-friendliness and the beautiful story behind the backpacks he found at Sunti’s store, he knew that this was something he wanted to focus on for the future. Two years later, and he is glad he did. So far it has been a very instructive and satisfying enterprise for him.
Sunti Purja, our main partner in Nepal, is considered a leading entrepreneurial role model in her local community. With the support of MEDEP she has succeeded in establishing a successful international company around a variety of sustainably produced products. Read more about Sunti’s story on the website of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), partner of MEDEP.
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