This holiday season is all about gifts that give back. We are proud to be selling handmade woolen accessories from Padhma Knits, a fair labor company based out of Nepal that is committed to helping end the cycle of poverty.
These hats, scarves, and hand warmers are knit by skilled artisans in Eastern Nepal. Most of these women come from extreme poverty and many are rescued from human trafficking or domestic abuse. Padhma Knits launched a pilot program to provide skill training to empower women who might otherwise not have an opportunity to earn an income and or work from home.
Padhma Knitter - Punee Gurung
The pilot project was a success as the artisans were able to earn enough to buy food, help cover household expenses, and send their children to school. There are now three knitting communities in Nepal, employing 50+ women.
Padhma Knitter - Nita Sharma
In line with their mission of ending poverty, Padhma Knits also invests in childern. They have an education fund that supports over 35 children as they pursue higher education.
Padhma Knitter - Maya Gurung
Read more about this amazing company here.
We are pleased to announce that MULXIPLY jewelry is now available on synergyclothing.com. MULXIPLY Jewelry is made fairly by artisans in Nepal. You can read more about their sustainable business practices on their blog.
Most of Nepal lives in the country or mountain regions. They are historically a “village” society, heavily dependent on agriculture, which provides sustenance and perhaps a small income to their families. Most Nepalis live in remote and hard-to-reach regions, where it can take two or three days on foot via mountain paths just to reach public transport. There is very little developed infrastructure outside of Nepal’s few big cities.
Only 17% of the Nepalese population live in urban centers, a statistic which increases yearly due to people seeking opportunities outside their village, particularly the younger generations. This rapid urbanization results in high levels of poverty because cities like Kathmandu cannot economically accommodate for the influx. Unemployment coupled with global inflation continues to widen the gap between “the have” and the “have nots”. The poor strive to put food on their table leaving little or nothing left to acquire “basic” services such as healthcare and education.That’s half of the population of Nepal.
-Tanja Cesh, MULXIPLY
MULXIPLY is interrupting poverty by creating opportunity. Made fairly and fashionably in Nepal. Click here to shop now.
We are ELATED to announce that Whole Foods Market will be carrying our Infinity Scarves at EVERY one of their United States locations.
These scarves are made from our signature organic cotton fabric and are perfect for every season. A portion of all sales of the scarves will go to benefit Padhma Knits. Padhma Knits is a company that helps women who are the victims of sex trafficking. They create fair trade hand knit products in Nepal.
Padhma Knits is a woman owned and operated company that is doing a lot of much needed good in the small communities of Nepal.
We are so grateful to for this partnership and the opportunity to see our scarves travel all over the country! If you get a chance stop by your local Whole Foods and pick one up as a gift for the holidays and help support our the amazing people of Nepal.
Meet our newest ambassador! Elinore has been featured on the covers of both Yoga Journal and Yoga Journal Japan. Through her popular workshops and teacher trainings, Elinore developed a well-earned reputation for advancing the most new to the most seasoned yogi with her dynamic, bio mechanical, alignment-driven vinyasa flow teachings. Elinore is known for playfully instructing and breaking down all yoga poses to make them accessible and fun! Her strengths lie in deconstructing commonly misaligned asanas so everyone can experience heightened awareness about safe alignment. Come experience your yoga more boldly and vibrantly with the extraordinary Elinore Cohen E-RYT 500.
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In the early part of 2014, we met several times and together designed four items that you’ll see rolling out this season. Included in the group are two tops and two dresses. Each style has a timeless, distinct, versatile flavor. We hope you’ll enjoy our collaborative capsule as much as we did creating it.
Look for upcoming posts on our blog and on The Penny Rose blog featuring these four collaborative designs as well as a short film about the project in April on The Penny Rose and on our blog.