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.
Every gift from JesusEconomy.org comes with a story to share ... of lives being transformed through craft, culture, and a new type of commerce.
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