July Fair Trade Spotlight

Cheppu from Himalaya works with artisans in Nepal to offer free-spirited fashions and gifts from Roof of the World, the Himalayas. It was founded in 1985 by owner Christine Kolisch. The organization has been a member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2004.

Through their holistic dedication to fair trade, Cheppu from Himalaya has and continues to provide fair living wages in safe and healthy working environments, and selects products which are recycled or made from renewable resources whenever possible.

The Fair Trade Federation is pleased to spotlight Cheppu from Himalaya for a number of unique ways in which they embody the nine fair trade principles. Specifically, they have founded and run programs that support education, earthquake relief, and microcredit for women farmers in the areas in which they work.

 

Cheppu from Himalaya founded a microcredit organization in 2013 to help indigenous farmer women in Nepal who expressed the desire to change from conventional farming to organic. The program now has 150 members who have received training workshops on the microcredit system and short-term loans. These women farmers have invested in vegetable farming, mushroom farming, and animal husbandry (ducks, chickens and pigs), among others.

 

Cheppu from Himalaya provides sponsorships for students in need. They presently have 34 young Nepalese on scholarship programs throughout the country, ranging from Kindergarten to University, Nursing Programs, and Chartered Accounting Degrees. They support individual students as well as establishing direct relationships with students and Western sponsors. Through their ongoing commitment to education, they also set up computer education programs in remote schools.

 

Cheppu from Himalaya is a founder and active leader of earthquake relief fund, We Help Nepal, which works with small, local groups in Nepal. Beginning the day after the first quake in 2015, the groups have distributed food, water, medicine, tents, tin roofing, solar lights and toilets to areas often where no other help has reached. They also work to rebuild destroyed and damaged schools. All involved are volunteers so 100% of the funds go directly to the earthquake victims.

 

Learn more about Cheppu from Himalaya and their projects on the Cheppu website. They are one of the many FTF member who embody the fair trade principles in innovative and unique ways. We also encourage you to explore what makes Fair Trade Federation members different or our list of FTF members to discover more.

Photo credit: All Across Africa and Cheppu from Himalaya

Rachel-L-SpenceRachel L. Spence (rs@fairtradefederation.org) is the Fair Trade Federation’s Engagement Manager, responsible for communications, public engagement, and advocacy for fair trade principles and practices.