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!)
Cheppu from Himalaya, a fair trade organization, and 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.
If you’re looking for a style to keep you warm this cool spring, the ponchos are a wonderful choice to cozy up in. It’s comfy enough to curl up in with a good book in the morning, but also sophisticated to add to an outfit around town in the evening. We have three colors, so you can choose one perfect for you. And while you’re shopping, 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 this spring by buying a poncho from Nepal.
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.