Some of you may remember my past post about Samunnat Nepal, a non-profit group helping women there get legal aid, counselling and training to earn their own living. Many women in that part of the world have very difficult lives. Often impoverished and poorly educated, they have no one to turn to when they become victims of domestic violence, rape and human trafficking.
Samunnat Nepal was created about 7 years ago to help these women. The co-founders are Australian artisan, Wendy Moore and Kopila Basnet, a Nepali attorney.
|Cynthia Tinapple teaching how to make shisha bracelets|
|Making petal beads - design shared by Lindly Haunani|
Other volunteers and mainly the international polymer clay community have done much to help the group's jewelry making collective. Fund raising meant Samunnat now has its own home after having to move 6 times over the past 7 years!
|Making their spice beads|
|Bahini using a Dremel to polish beads|
|Tsarang Flower Mala Necklace detail|
|Wild Things polymer clay beads|
A small but fun source of the women's incomes comes from teaching their skills as part of Colorful Journey Tours. These are organized by Wendy and her friend. The tours take people to parts of Nepal where tourists rarely venture. It's an alternative to trekking and focuses on handicrafts and traditional art. The women of Samunnat provide a polymer clay lesson one day and on another the visitors get to visit the homes of two of the ladies, share a meal, dance and have their hands and feet painted with henna. It is all fun but more importantly, the women learn how to plan, prepare and teach polymer clay classes.
|Teaching a Colorful Journey tour group|
|Gita applying henna|
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