At the Roof of the World, there's a nonprofit changing the outlook for many artisans living in the Himalayan mountains. Cheppu from Himalaya, a partner of Jesus' Economy, works to exchange culture between people by reflecting ancient Nepali traditions in their products. And living at the Roof of the World, there's no shortage of inspiration to work with.
When you gift products from Nepal on JesusEconomy.org, you help preserve a tradition of weaving and tailoring. Artisans work with their hands, a wooden loom, and a sewing machine—skills which have been passed down for generations.
Cheppu from Himalaya works with artisans in Nepal to provide fair trade wages, good working conditions, and the opportunity to grow a business. This includes micro-credit opportunities for people who desire to grow or launch a business.
Cheppu from Himalaya also gives back to communities in Nepal. One such program involves providing scholarships for young people from elementary to university level; another involves a micro-finance program for female farmers transitioning to organic farming.
They also encourage their artisans to use recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible. And the artisans are given the creative space to draw on the beauty that surrounds them when developing products.
Doesn't this handmade poncho put you in the spirit of the holidays with it's deep red color and cozy look? It's handmade with a blend of cotton and acrylic that will be sure to last. It can become one of those iconic pieces that gets passed down from generation to generation in your family.
You can almost see the lakes in the Himalayas in this turquoise shrug. Just imagine an artisan who has seen those lakes and drawn inspiration from their color to create this beautiful handmade piece. It's like soaking up years of beauty and skill in one simple scarf. What will it inspire you to create?
We love this shawl because of the warmth it provides and its versatility. Plus the softness of the handwoven fabric will make you want to wear it for days, especially on those cold mornings. It's large enough so that when one of your kids tiptoes downstairs while you're making breakfast, they can cozy up in it with you for a little early morning snuggle time.
Who doesn't love a quality infinity scarf? I mean come on, it's a stroke of genius. Before the infinity scarf, women were sneakily tying their scarves together but ending up with a huge bulky knot behind their hair. Laxmi is one of the artisans who hand weaves these intricate infinity scarves. And because of Laxmi and Cheppu from Himalaya, this beautiful, quality piece is something you can enjoy without trying to hide a bulky knot.
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Cheppu from Himalaya, a fair trade organization and partner of Jesus’ Economy, is using fair trade to honor Nepalese tradition and bring hope to the people of Nepal. Founded in 1985, Cheppu from Himalaya works with Nepalese artisans to sell their products on the western market. Cheppu believes in exchanging culture between people through these beautiful products.
Cheppu is dedicated to fair trade, and to the use of sustainable materials in their products. This organization supports many artisans, but also uses their influence to give scholarships to students of all ages and levels in Nepal. They believe in working hard to bring hope and healing to the world.
Are you looking for a way to stay warm, dress fashionably, and support fair trade around the world? This beautiful poncho is the answer. Crafted by artisans in Nepal, it is comfortable enough for days spent lounging on the sofa with a book, and chic for nights out on the town. Support artisans in Nepal and purchase a poncho today!
This scarf is loosely woven for a light accessory that won’t weigh you down. Colorful and classic: you can’t go wrong with the purchase of this scarf for your wardrobe. Advocate for fair trade and add something beautiful to your closet!
Add a pop of color to your outfit with a shrug created by artisans in Nepal. These shrugs are woven with thin yarn and are perfect for warding off a light breeze or simply making a fashion statement. Be a part of a movement for hope and purchase a shrug today!
Purchase this beautiful scarf crafted by artisans in Nepal and wrap up when the weather gets cold. It is simply colored and easily paired with casual and classy attire. Support artisans around the world and buy a fair trade scarf today!
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Meet Unis Ansari, a tailor from Nepal whose strength and creativity amazes us! Originally from the south of Nepal, he moved to Kathmandu in search of better opportunities for his family. Unis has now been working for more than 28 years as a Master Tailor with Cheppu of Himalaya, a partner of Jesus’ Economy. He helps design patterns for the breathtaking shawls, ponchos, and scarves they make, and he oversees tailoring at the Cheppu workshop.
Because of his work with Cheppu, Unis has been able to provide for his family and sponsor his children’s education. Cheppu provides scholarships for students in need from elementary to university level, and they are currently supporting 34 Nepalese students through these scholarships. Additionally, Cheppu helps build relationships between the students and private sponsors who can offer further financial support.
Cheppu values preserving tradition and celebrating the richness of diversity. They work to exchange culture through the reflection of ancient traditions--using traditional patterns, materials, techniques, and colors--in their products. They also believe in fighting for sustainability and use recycled or renewable materials whenever possible.
As part of their team, Unis brings practiced expertise and several years of knowledge. He strengthens Cheppu from Himalaya through his beautiful and dedicated craftsmanship. Take a look at some of his other beautiful creations in the Fair Trade Shop.
Meet Laxmi Tara, one of the artisans who creates gorgeous scarves, shawls, and ponchos with the Cheppu from Himalaya cooperative in Nepal. Laxmi Tara is from the small village of Tokha on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley.
She’s very young—still in her early 20’s (she doesn’t know her actual age because birthdays are not traditionally celebrated in Nepal)—but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream of starting a business.
She went to Cheppu of Himalaya—a Jesus' Economy fair trade partner—for a microloan to open her own tailoring shop. Now she has set up her own business, and has already been very successful in her local village. Laxmi Tara’s craftsmanship is spectacular, and the scarves she makes showcase the beauty of Nepalese culture and landscape.
Cheppu’s products are made to honor Nepalese tradition and the local environment. The artisans use recycled and renewable materials whenever possible to create their pieces.
It's getting chilly, and in some places, downright cold. And if you work in an office and you're a woman, more than likely you're freezing every day at work. Unless you're in the bathroom, which we all know is the warmest place in the office. But you can't spend your whole day in there. (Not that you'd want to either.) So what's a smart, working woman to do? You could try to keep remembering a sweater every day that coordinates with your outfit while being thick enough to keep your warm. Or, you could snag one of our beautiful ponchos that'll pair well with any outfit and keep you toasty warm at the office.
Check out our newest ponchos from Nepal! And don't forget to use promo code JE4HOLIDAYS to save 15% on your purchase of $45 or more. (Psst! That makes each of these around $42!)
Over the last few weeks, we've added even more fair trade products from Nepal. When you shop products from our new partner Cheppu from Himalaya:
Shop fair trade products from the roof of the world and empower artisans.
This is the story of how a business opportunity really can change a life. This is the moving story of a Nepalese artisan, working near the roof of the world.
Laxmi Tara lives in the small village of Tokha on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. She is in her early 20s (Nepalis often do not know their actual age as birthdays are not traditionally celebrated). She came to Cheppu of Himalaya, a partner organization of Jesus' Economy, for a microloan to open her own tailoring shop. Since that time, Laxmi has set up her own tailoring business and has been very successful in her local village.
Today Laxmi Tara, along with other artisans, creates gorgeous scarves and shrugs that are sold internationally. And now you can buy Laxmi Tara's creations right here on JesusEconomy.org.
Cheppu from Himalaya, a fair trade organization, and a new partner of Jesus’ Economy, uses the vision of Nepalese culture to inspire their scarves, shrugs, and ponchos. These entirely fair trade products are handmade by artisans in Nepal with environmentally friendly and renewable resources. These pieces of outerwear are all-around wonderful for the world and the people in it.
Some of the wonderful articles handmade in Nepal are infinity scarves. These scarves are available in colors from avocado green to oat, so you can find the right one for your style. Wear it wrapped around once for a longer loop, or wrap it twice to keep your neck a little warmer. These versatile scarves are perfect for warmer and cooler weather, and will also make great gifts as the holiday season approaches.
Talk about fair trade and dress to the nines by buying a beautiful scarf from Nepal.
Cheppu from Himalaya, a fair trade organization, and a new partner of Jesus’ Economy, uses inspiration from Nepalese tradition to craft scarves, shrugs, and ponchos to share with the western world. These handmade articles are created with renewable and recycled materials and honor the earth as well as the culture they come from.
Cheppu is committed to making the world a better place, and in addition to sharing culture and being environmentally conscious, the organization also sponsors students from the elementary to university level, helps indigenous farmers convert their farms to organic methods, and works with an aid program to provide relief from the 2015 earthquake.
Each of Cheppu’s products is made with hope of a restored future. Each article is intricately designed and woven for all kinds of styles. If you’re looking for a style to keep you warm this winter, the ponchos are a wonderful choice to bundle up in. It’s comfy enough to curl up in with a good book, but also sophisticated to add to an outfit around town. We have three colors, so you can choose one perfect for you. And while you’re shopping, why not get ahead on holiday gifts? Check out all the scarves, shrugs, and ponchos, and find something for your mom, grandma, aunt, or bff.
Be an advocate for fair trade and look fashionable by buying a poncho from Nepal.
Cheppu from Himalaya, a fair trade organization, and a new partner of Jesus’ Economy, is using fair trade to honor Nepalese tradition and bring hope to the people of Nepal. Founded in 1985, Cheppu from Himalaya works with Nepalese artisans to sell their products on the western market. Cheppu believes in exchanging culture between people through these beautiful products.
These wonderful scarves, shrugs, and ponchos are made to honor Nepalese tradition and the local environment. Cheppu is dedicated to using recycled and renewable materials whenever possible. Shopping Cheppu means supporting artisans in Nepal, celebrating Nepalese culture, and respecting the earth.
One of the best product options for fall are the light and airy shrugs they make by hand. These shrugs are woven loosely for a breezy look that will keep you warmer on a chilly evening, or add a bit of color to your favorite black dress. These shrugs are available in 19 colors and styles, so you can pick one that best fits you. And while you’re at it, find one that your sister will love—it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping!