After travelling around Asia in 2013, I fell in love with the beautiful Nepalese people and the gorgeous jewelry in Nepal and came up with an idea combine the two loves.
A year later I was travelling around Asia again and The Namaste Boutique was formed. I built relationships with various small Nepalese shop owners around Kathmandu. I travel to Nepal at least once a year and collaborate with small shop owners in designing the products. Every visit I try to find new shops to expand the range of jewellery and accessories at The Namaste Boutique.
I am lucky enough to be able to give back to the lovely people of Nepal by donating 10% of profits to a project run through Global Giving that I personally feel really passionate about. I have been able to consistently donate 10% of profits from 2014 to this very special project
From 2019 I am excited to announce that I have changed the structure of The Namaste Boutique to go from donating 10% to 100% of the profits to the same incredible project. Note that we do not pay salaries and all the people who work for the boutique are volunteers.
In rural Nepal, impoverished families have been selling their daughters to be bonded servants. The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) provides the family with a goat or piglet as substitution for the daughter's wages, brings the girl home and ensures her access to education. Now that NYF has freed more than12,000 girls and has nearly eradicated the bonding practice, it has shifted its focus to empowering girls to be leaders of the movement against bonding. Just $20 gives a piglet or goat which a family can raise and sell for what their daughter would have earned.