KAY GARNAY NEPALI WOMEN'S INITIATIVE
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Rent for 4 months for 2-3 rooms ($40-60 per month) $200
High quality 100% wool yarn in various colors ($400 each month for 3 months) $1,200
Daily food expenses ($10 per day for 24-26 days per month for prepared lunch and tea/cookie break 6 days per week for 10 women) $250 X 4 mo. $1,000
Transportation costs – Approximately 4 times per month (taxi for each day we go to Kathmandu for shopping/business it costs $25 per day) $100
Management expenses- We need to pay our teacher $100 per month plus $50 each for our two administrators to oversee daily operations. ($200 X 4 mo.) $800
Non-electric, hand looms for pashmina scarf production – We need 6 looms for hand-loomed pashmina/cashmere scarf productions. These looms are for hand-made, traditional crafting. These provide the highest quality, most prized pashmina/cashmere scarves, famous worldwide.
$200 each 6 looms needed $1,200
Note on our Budget/Administration fees:
Generally, when an NGO asks for money there is a rather large portion to go to the social worker. I am a retired widow from the US, and although I’m pretty poor in America, I have enough to live on and even a bit to share here in Nepal. There are no administration costs beyond normal banking charges, part of our two administrators’ wages and teachers’ wages. After the initial investment, we will never need funding help.
This fundraiser is for start-up expenses, training, supplies, materials and product development.
This fundraiser is for providing more jobs for women in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. It will help us get wool, needles and other supplies for our hat/glove project and additionally, looms for weaving shawls and scarves, training, marketing, and a wide variety of other Nepali handmade art and crafts for export. For each exported item the overall economy of Nepal benefits, as well as families at a local level.
After our production is going well we will continue to use profits for our environmental projects to plant more trees, improve infrastructure in the village and support local farmers to become organic. We will have a lending library of tools and organic products, etc. and bee hives.
The trees we plant in the village flower annually to provide food for bees, which will be our next project.
We also hope to plant bamboo and other plants that will work quietly to help maintain life on our planet while eventually providing materials for future projects. All the money stays right here in Nepal to do the most good.
*That’s our plan to build the economy, one woman at a time, while working to help the planet to be as ‘human species-friendly’ for as long as it will continue to put up with us. We can provide excellent values in our gifts due to the earning disparity that is reality for Nepalese women. That means a great price for both our current donors and future customers who can enjoy excellent values while saying, ‘No!’ to sweatshops.
FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT
We want to give you not only an awesome community for you to enjoy when you come to Nepal, but also a little something to show our love. And that little something comes to you owning a set 100% wool hat/glove set in the size and style of your choice.
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USA TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION, WE ONE, inc. 501(c)3 USA, FEI/EIN Number: 26-4472846
Our women’s group is unique in several ways. First, all proceeds other than internet/banking fees stay in Nepal for the women, our villagers in need and our environmental projects. We only need start-up help. These Nepali women are working to support their families. Over 2/3 of the group has either lost their home or sustained substantial damage during the 2015 earthquakes.
This money will allow us to expand the workshop and find a more permanent location. A guesthouse is only possible during our No-Tourist Season. After we fund our workshop and the pashmina workshop we will turn our attention to putting each of these women in their own homes. Kay Garnay for Nepal has been instrumental in building over 50 aluminum shelters after the earthquakes and have helped to build one small home for a family, so far. Learn about the project here: http://dada-home.org/
As an NGO, the goal of Kay Garnay for Nepal is to help the people of Changunarayan, as well as other Nepali while we help Nepal to rebuild in a more ecologically-friendly way.
Donate $30 or more now and get your high quality, truly100% Wool, Microfiber Lined, Handcrafted, Knitted Hat and Glove set. Includes shipping to most locations.
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BIO’s of Women in Our Changunarayan Women’s Knitting Circle
About our Project
The Woolen Hat and Gloves set are 100% wool, imported from New Zealand and hand knitted. Our women hand-knit your hat and glove and then hand-sew the microfiber lining. For a Donation of only $30, we will send you a matching hat and glove set in the color of your choice. Please Note, this price includes Nepal Postal Service shipping. If this causes a problem with tariff or delivery, please let us know.
1) RANJANA:- 26 years of age in not married yet.
Ranjana is our project leader. She lives with her Parents and siblings. The family had a very traumatic experience during the earthquake in 2015. The whole house collapsed. They ran outside and crouched with their hands over their ears in fear of the roaring sound.
The family has been extremely traumatized, especially the young children. Since the earthquake they’ve been living in a makeshift hut of bamboo & leaves. Ranjana now gives all that she earns to support the family while they save to rebuild the house.
2) BHAVANA:- is a young mother 23 years old, married with 2 children. Her husband recently found work as a Gate-man.
Her young family also had their house collapse in the earthquake. The youngest daughter still won’t leave her side, so the child comes to work with her; she doesn’t speak.
3) MAYA - 40 years of age is so grateful to have a regular income. She has 3 children and does not get much support from her ex-husband. Maya is a quick learner with agile fingers. Words cannot convey the the difficulties of women in Nepal. From back and joint pain from climbing the hillside in flip-flops to being illiterate, they are some of the most deserving of people. They teach us the true meaning of strength. Lift these women up and see what they create.
This hat features a fold-up rim and is available in your choice of any 3 colors-of course, microfiber lined, 100% pure wool. Specify small, medium or large and colors.
4) ROOPA - 30 years of age, married with 3 children. Their whole house collapsed during the 2015 earthquake.Now they live in a temporary shed made of zinc and plastic sheets. She struggles to send her children to school and provide for their basic needs.
One of our primary goals is to use the proceeds of our fundraiser to uplift the village starting from these women. Roopa is in for a lovely surprise as our project gets underway. We will keep everyone updated, so please subscribe to our newsletter and blogposts.
5) MEERA - 33 years of age with 2 children was also effected by the 2015 earthquakes. Her young children have been severely traumatized by the earthquake. She says they wake up at night screaming – the house is falling. On the outside these women are happy. But inside it is extremely difficult. In a society of over 40% unemployment, how can she compete with her university educated, English-speaking counterparts? How can these women rebuild their lives when they live on subsistence farming?
6) MAIYA - 40 years of age. Married with 3 children. Her husband is not working due to health issues. She supports her family with whatever she earns. Her eldest child picks up odd jobs when available, so she is just scraping by. Maiya is an enthusiastic worker who demonstrates gratitude to have a stable income and some training..
7) ANJU - A mother of 2 children, aged 35 years. Her husband works as a security guard in Bhaktapur a town about 30 minutes away by public bus. Anju is one of our most skilled knitters and has a happy attitude. Anju represents our emerging middle-class Nepali. Yet, if a good job for a man pays $150-250 a month and they are expected to put their children in private school for around $50, there really isn’t much room for saving. It isn’t that any of these women will miss a meal any time soon, they are locked into a life between never having enough and trying to survive a current disaster.
8) SITA:- 32 years of age has 2 children. Her husband works as a field laborer in the rice paddies. Such workers usually get some grain plus a small income. It is so difficult to live in abject poverty. Their home completely collapsed in the 2015 earthquake. They are still living in a temporary shelter and saving to rebuild a house. She is a hard worker, keen to improve her skills.
Living in an earthquake shelter is only one rung better than living under a tree. It rains inside, is an oven when it’s hot and a freezer when it’s cold. It’s difficult to keep the conditions as sanitary as possible as to keep everyone from getting sick. The family Kay Garnay for Nepal helped to build a home for earlier this year, their baby had been in and out of the hospital due to living in a shelter.
9) SUBHADRA:- A mother of 3 almost grown children is happy to have a stable income. A mature forty years of age does her best to improve her skills. Subhadra is always eager to learn new designs. She is saving to improve her house which needs repair from the earthquake. Many families in Nepal live in homes that were damaged during the big earthquakes, but there is such a scary possibility lurking, I feel an eminent sense of danger and trepidation for them.
Patricia came all the way from Australia to teach the women and get this project established. She’s just been amazing for the women. It’s important to provide some sort of western management skills. She speaks Hindi, so the women can understand her a lot better than English.