I love beginnings, looking back at what we’ve done, what went well, what didn’t and getting the chance to start anew. Beginning the New Year in Nepal is even more special. Sitting and looking into the faces of many whom I’ve known for over 30 years, reflecting back on our struggles and successes together is a gift. I am full of gratitude for our partners’ hard work and dedication, to the advancement of women in particular, but more generally to their belief in our shared dream of making the world a better place, together and across cultures. Being in Nepal I am constantly reminded of how close they sit to the understanding of how much community, friendship and dedication matter, and I am so appreciative of the lessons they continue to teach me. So, it is wonderful to be back in Nepal with them at the start of the journey of 2019.
Of course, each day in Nepal begins thinking of you, our retail customers, and what we can create that will bring you and your customers amazing, great selling, fair trade Nepali products. This year Austin and I are here together focused on practicality, up-cycling as many materials as possible while at the same time creating items that are long lasting, unique and affordable made with Nepali materials. It is sheer joy to work alongside our artisan partners here and watch their creative process unfold before us. We are so excited to share all the new items coming to fruition with you in the months to come!
We cannot begin the New Year without the acknowledgement of our amazing staff who bring Ganesh Himal Trading to you every day, even while we are at work in Nepal. Eileen, Sarah, Michele and now Justin create the space for Austin and I to be in Nepal worry free, handling each day with such skill and dedication that we know you are in loving hands!
So here’s to 2019! We hope 2018 was successful and full of great sales, story and connection. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. Please let us know how we can help you in 2019 and know that the artisans look forward to a prosperous and exciting year together.
Denise & Austin