On April 25, the Nepal earthquake took the lives of several thousand and displaced hundreds of thousands more in the region. This past week, another earthquake hit Nepal further damaging the area and complicating relief efforts for this tragedy, which remain constant as those affected work to rebuild their lives.
Seven Grommet Makers work in or source from Nepal and neighboring countries. While thankfully none were among the casualties, some saw their homes destroyed and all of them are in the process of helping their country cope.
For the next week, The Grommet will be donating proceeds from the sales of these products (below), to Nepal relief funds to help in their efforts.
Lollycadoodle creates cat caves and pet mats sourced and made in Nepal by local artisans at a fair trade facility. All products are made of renewable, naturally breathable and insulating wool that are water and dirt-resistant. They keep your pet warm in the winter months while maintaining body temperature and minimizing odor in the summer. Shop now
Featuring graphic botanical designs PilgrimWaters scarves, from award-winning artist Susy Pilgrim Waters, are hand-woven from superfine merino wool with silkscreens by artisans in Nepal’s Kathmandu. Reminiscent of a large painting or tapestry, a single, complete design takes up the finished piece. Shop now
Comprised of soft, all-natural New Zealand wool, Woolzies eliminate static cling, reduce dryer time, last for load after load of laundry, and make your clothes and linens super soft without leaving an artificial smell or residue. The wool is turned into balls in Nepal where the work is a vital source of income for many women. Shop now
The Red Sari
Founded by Julie West after a trip to Nepal, The Red Sari combines design and texture with colorful merino wool circles felted onto vintage silk cloth. The Red Sari empowers local women of Nepal with fair wage work and reinvests profits into hiring more and more women. Shop now
Vilt Van Ver
These heat resistant handcrafted trivets are perfect for serving hot dishes, pans , or teapots and the vibrant colors make them the perfect accent for decorating. The true value is the backstory. After a trip to Nepal, Marianne Monster decided to create her trivets with a Nepalese organization offering fair wages and conditions to women, helping them become financially independent. Shop now
Struck by the traditional artisan techniques of local Nepal and Indian women, renowned designer Mia Berglund started her Sophia Costas line after traveling to those areas. The 100% fair trade cotton scarves are made sustainably by homeless Nepal and Indian women to help them earn a living. They draw upon Mia’s love of nature with hand illustrated playful patterns from cheerful animals to whimsical outdoor scenes. Shop now
Not a product but a cause, Possible Health (formerly Nyaya Health) was founded to develop healthcare in rural Nepal and extend its expertise to other parts of the world affected by poverty, isolation, war, and neglect. Possible Health employs all-Nepali staff supervised and trained by volunteer public health experts in Nepal and the U.S.. A $25 donation will treat 10 children for pneumonia, $100 will provide a life-saving cesarean section, and $500 will purchase telemedicine equipment for mobile health workers to treat 2,000 people. Donate now