For many in the developing world, there is little hope of overcoming poverty. But Laxmi of Nepal refused to live the story of poverty. Here's how Laxmi defeated poverty by preserving a cultural craft of clothing making.
Laxmi Tara, who is in her 20s, lives in the small village of Tokha on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. There are few jobs at the roof of the world in Nepal. But a beautiful tradition of handcrafted clothing has been passed down from generation to generation in Nepal.
Desiring a better story than poverty, Laxmi came to Cheppu from Himalaya, a partner organization of Jesus' Economy, for a microloan to open her own tailoring shop. Seeing an opportunity to both preserve a cultural craft and help a young artisan, Cheppu from Himalaya offered Laxmi a microloan to setup her own tailoring business. That's where Laxmi's life story changed.
Through hard work, Laxi was successful in her local village and was able to repay her microloan. Today, Laxmi Tara, along with other artisans, creates gorgeous fair trade scarves, including handwoven infinity scarves, as well as handmade shrugs.
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