income generation

Himalayan Leather Handicrafts

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

NLT Kathmandu workshop. Photo: Vera © NLT Ireland 2014

Himalayan Batiks

This industry was established during the 1980s.

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, greetings cards, bookmarks and pictures. These batiks are exported to many countries.

Batk cards, samples of a few from a very large variety of images. Photo: Vera © NLT Ireland 2020

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.

Felt Industry

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

Durga sewing beading on felt products, NLT workshop, Kathmandu. Photo:  Vera © NLT Ireland 2014