Global Village will be closed on Wednesday, March 8, to honor the women farmers and artisans who work in Fair Trade cooperatives in India, Nepal, the Philippines, Chili, Ecuador, Guatemala, Ghana, Rwanda, and places in between. During March, which is Women's History Month, we will be featuring in our front windows products produced by women farmers and artisans. Like the members of Bhaktapur Women Craft Paper who make our new gift paper:
"Nepali’s have been producing handmade paper in their villages for over a thousand years and still use it in their daily lives. The paper, made from the bark of the Daphne or 'lokta' bush, is renowned for its exceptional durability and wonderful texture. [The owners of Ganesh Himal Trading] work directly with the women of BWCP to design beautiful and functional journals, card sets, stationary, wrapping paper, gift bags, gift cards, picture frames and more.
"The women at BWCP are committed to community development and they continue to work closely with the rural villages around Baglung that produce the handmade paper. As sales climb they will try to buy as much of the paper as these villages can produce. Although the original UNICEF project no longer exists, the concept of a worker owned, women run, fair trade company producing sustainable paper products sourced from Nepali villages is alive and well thanks to Ganesh Himal Trading’s commitment to keeping alive this long standing fair trade partnership."