WSDP, Pokhara, was established in 1975 as a project to impart skill training to local women and thereby improve their economic conditions. From 1975 to 1989, the project concentrated its activities on skill development training. It started commercial production in 1989 with the assistance of one foreign volunteer, three staff members, and with three sewing machines. At present the project employs 36 people.
The project produces different bags and jackets from thick cotton handloom fabrics. Most of the raw materials are available locally. It has a sales room on the office premises. In addition it sells to FTG members such as Sana Hastakala, Mahaguthi, and ACP in Kathmandu. It also supplies products to three shops on Pokhara lakeside. The project does not sell directly to foreign buyers. Economically the Project is not self-sustaining. It receives small grants from NGOs and local government.
Member Organisation of Fair Trade Group, Nepal
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