Making a Difference, One Woman at a Time…

I wanted to share some beautiful pictures our owner Ed took of our artisans, and of the tailoring school he has started in Nepal!

Here’s what Ed has to say about the Tailoring School he has founded in Nepal.

“In Nepal and throughout the developing world most craft items are made by women, and by hand.  Men typically work with sewing machines and earn 5 to 10 times more than women.  We’ve always worked with women owned and/or managed businesses, who primarily hire women to make the products.

But in 2011 we created a tailoring school for women.  We leased a building, bought six sewing machines, a generator, fabric and working with Beni from HeedNepal.org we hired a master tailor and paid women to attend classes five days a week for six months.  We’re now focused on finding them jobs within our artisan community, and will start a new session with six new ladies soon.”

The majority of the artisans we work with at Earth Divas live in Nepal. Why do we put so much focu on one country?

Ed: By concentrating on one country, we can make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of women.  Our family is moving to India in July of 2013, and I’ll lease an apartment in Nepal to focus on improving our artisan production capabilities. We partner with SpeedTrust and Creative Handicrafts in India, and over time the goal is to expand to other countries.

These pictures show the first graduating class of Ed’s non=profit tailoring school. Congratulations, Ed, on making such an enormous difference in the lives of these women!

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