Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Decent work along the supply chains: Nurturing women’s entrepreneurship in Nepal

Skilled in knitting and weaving clothes and other handmade items, Kalpana Shrestha from Kathmandu, often helped her friends to make woollen clothes.

Word about the quality of her well-knitted garments soon spread, bringing her more requests, and from this casual work 42-year-old Ms Shrestha’s ‘formal’ business began.

“Even though the income was small, I felt empowered. I received appreciation for my work,” Ms Shrestha said about the start of her embryonic business, Lajga Handicraft, 16 years ago.

Lajga Handicraft grew from a home-based operation with just four women workers to a size where she wanted to register her business formally. Read More