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Moisturizing Fair Trade "Silk Soap" Sericulture (the production of silk and the rearing of silkworms) was introduced into Nepal in the 1990's by development aid groups to try to create income generating opportunities for rural Nepali women. Unfortunately, the women were taught how to grow the mulberry bushes and the silkworms but little was

Today I need to write to our ​Fair Trade community. To express my belief that we have much to share in this time and we are well poised to do so. In fact, in our fair trade work we have been practicing for these times and learning how to love and care

Holiday Survival Guide for Retailers

      Say it isn't so! OK, we know this season can be stressful for retailers. But here are a few things we can offer to make it more doable: 1) Call us anytime 509.448.6561: to see what's in stock  (we are happy to pull special colors/sizes depending on your needs) . If

Happy Doshain

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  Fall is a time of great celebration in Nepal and a time when families & friends come together, work is put aside and they celebrate life and the ties that bind them. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be in Nepal and their month of festivals are a

  ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT: Khlapsang Karpo Women Recycled Handcrafts   Due to its remote location, Ganesh Himal Trading had to be creative with the raw materials used for products made by this group. All scraps of sari fabric and beads are transported on the backs of the villagers over a two day mountain trek to their community.

Retail Support: Grow Your Customer Base!  Donna Gottardi Donna Gottardi, owner of My Fair Trade Lady, has recently experienced a surge of growth with her customer base this last year. We asked her to share with us what she is doing right! Having a store one hour from the Jersey shore

Looking Backward, Moving forward 16 months have passed since Ganesh Himal Trading and The Conscious Connections Foundation were plunged headlong into humanitarian aid relief due to the devastating earthquakes that rocked Nepal and our producer partners lives. We have been engaged in a crash course in humanitarian aid this past year which

Artisan Update: Ram Shekar

Denise, Ram, Cameron & Grant We have worked with Ram for almost 30 years and he does many of GHT's beautiful block print bags, hats and wallets. His home is badly damaged by the earthquake and his entire family was relocated to a tent for several months but unfortunately at 5am one morning

Namaste

Namaste from Nepal!  Read the whole newsletter here There is nothing like seeing hope for the future in the midst of hardship and devastation that seems insurmountable. But it's here, alive and well in Nepal and it's unbelievable.  The unbeatable Nepali spirit is a constant inspiration and makes me realize that perception can

A Year Well Spent

Congratulations to all on a remarkable year! Not only has Conscious Connections Foundation raised over $180,000 in response to a wide array of Earthquake Relief Projects, but thanks to your help and support of the Power of 5, we were once again able to continue the education of 98 students for this upcoming year and

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