The biggest burden of poverty clearly falls on women. Most of them are illiterate and unskilled, spend their lives isolated, are often abused, and have only little access to power and decision making in their families and community.
Hipknit is SHEWDs micro-credit programme providing free training for women in knitting, cross-knitting and weaving. The project aims to empower, raise living standards, and help create a network for the women, breaking them free of social and economic isolation.
So far, 30 women from rural areas knit sweaters, hats, and scarves amongst other products, using organic wool, cotton and hemp. The only investment the women make is 40 NR (0.60 USD) for two knitting needles. SHEWD strictly applies fair trade principles: the women earn significantly more than what is paid by other buyers. The increased income has enhanced the women's socioeconomic status and is being used to send their children to school. Our aim is to increase this project to 60 women within the next two years by selling our products to Fairtrade Stores in Europe and the United States. Profits from this project are directly reinvested into expanding the programme and supporting other community projects.
Our women knit wherever they are comfortable be it outside or in their homes. It is them who decide when, where and how often they want to knit!
By buying our high quality fashion items you will directly support the women involved in our HIPKNIT project. In order for the women to be eligible for participation, they have to attend the free basic literacy programm organized by SHEWD and commit themselves to sending their children to school. The women will receive a well above average salary and remaining profits will directly be reinvested into expanding the HIPKNIT project, as well as, other community projects from which the women will profit as well.
By the people for the people!
Looking for your kind support in Woman's Empowerment activities.
Income Generation activities knitting & weaving handicrafts and Aloe vera & Stevia Cultivation in Nepal
Rural Woman's Health Camp
Supports by our honaorable volunteer Marion de Castilla, France
We greatly appreciated her effort raising the funds selling our handicrafts products.
!!!!!!!Let's join solidarity for the woman's Empowerment!!!!!!