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The NLT Kathmandu workshop
The NLT Kathmandu workshop

Himalayan Leather Handicrafts

This industry was established in 1978 to provide for the economic rehabilitation and employment of people who are cured of leprosy but who retain severe disabilities. From small beginnings the factory exports its high quality leather goods to many countries.

Himalayan Batiks

This industry was established during the 1980s.

Nepali ladies making Batik in their homes
Nepali ladies making Batik in their homes

All of the batik producers have at one time been marginalised through disability, poverty or social prejudice. Working with Himalayan Batiks has helped them to become economically self sufficient. The industry produces a range of almost 350 batiks in the form of wall hangings, greeting cards, bookmarks and pictures. These batiks are exported to many countries.

 

Lydia Industry

This industry was established to provide employment for disadvantaged women. These women often have no means to support themselves and their families. It also supports other women in need through profits from its sales. This industry produces a range of fabric and household items for local and export markets.

Nepali lady sewing hand made felt
Nepali lady sewing hand made felt

Felt Industry

This industry has been established to provide work for disadvantaged women. Products include bags, hats, slippers etc mainly for export.