The jewelry brand will double the additional proceeds to support financial education in Nepal.
"Empowerment is independence," is a quote from Nimdiki Sherpa, one of our Nepali producers. It seems a funny contradiction: you need several people to be independent. You can’t make an impact by yourself. Read our impact principles here.
Every woman has her own story. From Kathmandu to Amsterdam. A story can inspire. And motivate. A story that sticks with you is a story that does something. It shows you that anything is possible. This season, we celebrate the connection women can have and all their unique stories. Cathelijne, founder of A Beautiful Story, talks about what this theme means to her in this blog.
There are over 5,500 organizations around the world that can call themselves Benefit Corporations, including recently A Beautiful Story. A B Corp meets strict requirements when it comes to social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. B Corps prove that they are making a positive contribution to society, and that making a profit goes hand in hand with that.
Esther is buying and production coordinator at A Beautiful Story. She often collaborates with Bhavani, the production coordinator at Artisans workshop. Many of our lucky tools are made in this Nepali workshop. Due to the long distance, Esther and Bhavani mainly communicate over the phone. Last April, when Esther visited Nepal, they were finally able to meet in person.
In 2005, an American organization started a group with nine Indian women: Ashirwaad. They specialized in handicrafts. When the American founder passed away, the group was on its own. Thanks to the fair trade organization CRC, they got the opportunity for employment and income again. Read the story of this special group of women in this blog.