Traditional Ari Embroidered Cotton Laptop Bag

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Colorful Ari embroidered laptop bag with full zip back pocket and velcro front pocket, adjustable strap, assorted colors.

  • Measures 13″ wide X 11″ tall
  • Handmade and Fair Trade from Nepal

SKU: 61323

Since 1984, Ganesh Himal has worked with Pema-la and Namgyal as families, friends and business associates to develop businesses that work to benefit all involved.  As their business grew, Pema-la needed to bring other tailors and knitters in to help fill orders. She worked side by side with people who had never been given adequate economic opportunity,  to help create meaningful and profitable work.  One example -of many- being Durba Pariyar, who was no longer able to support his family through his small sewing shop.  Pema-la asked him to become her master tailor and taught him cutting and patterning.  When he wanted to provide work to young men in his village she brought those young men to Kathmandu and taught them to sew.  When they had all worked together as a good team she set up a profit sharing plan so that as the business grew they would all benefit.  This profit sharing plan gave them all a voice in the decision making process and a percentage of the profits.  It was the first example of its kind in the Kathmandu Valley.  When the Maoists came into Kathmandu during the early 2000’s demanding that workshops be closed because owners were not present,  Pema-la’s group told them they couldn’t close their workshop because they were all owners.  Their workshop was one of the few that was allowed to remain open in the Kathmandu Valley.