Synergy in Nepal
Kate Fisher (Co-Owner and Creative Director of Synergy) and Amanda Bensel met at the wedding of a mutual friend while in Nepal last February. As two Americans at a Nepali wedding, they instantly felt a connection. As it turns out, Amanda and Kate have a lot in common, the most notable, being the profound inspiration that they find in the culture of Nepal. Both women have shaped their lives and careers around supporting and empowering the people of Nepal.
“Nepal holds a really special place in the imagination and there is a lot of heartfelt connection with the people who visit there” - Kate
Amanda first visited Nepal in September 2012 as part of the Peace Corps. She joined the Peace Corps hoping to gain perspective. She has a background in city planning, design, and architecture. She was able to bring that knowledge and expertise to her assigned post, Baglung, a small bazaar in western Nepal. Beyond her volunteer work through the Peace Corps, Amanda took on her own creative projects including a series of female empowerment murals, and facilitating a girl's leadership club.
Photography is a real passion for Amanda. She has always been interested in design, but needed a way to marry it with her love of helping people and traveling. She has recently done a few factory shoots for social enterprises.
You can visit her website and learn more about her projects here.
MA International Environmental Policy (2015) //Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Peace Corps Nepal (2012-2014)
BA Architecture and City Planning (2008) // University of California Berkeley