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Make a Difference in Nepal


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


Sophia Costas
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


Possible Health
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


  • Stephen Says:

    You know.....I can't believe you are selling things. Are they really going to get the money? How about looking for donations. I'm done with you.

  • Roz Says:

    What portion or percentage of each purchase will actually go to the nepalese people?
    thank you!

  • Mike Says:

    Stephen, your point is one we battled with before posting. In short, yes they are going to get the money. We wanted to do everything we could to support Nepal. With Makers working and sourcing there and in the surrounding regions affected, we felt sparking awareness of their products would take us a step in the right direction. We absolutely encourage you to donate through the Red Cross, Nepal Earthquake Relief, or any number of funds set up to provide aid. That is what we plan to do.

  • Rebecca Says:

    I have always like Napal. I am sad to know they are hurting. I want to buy their products rather than just anonymous give money. It helps them stay productive and active in their own recovery. Same as Give a Man a Fish, Feed him for a day, Teach a Man to Fish feed him for a Lifetime.
    Thank you for bringing these products to your site for me to choose to help.

  • Stephanie Says:

    Thanks Grommet - most of us appreciate your efforts and thoughts.

  • san Says:

    thank you for caring.

  • Heather Says:

    This is a great idea. Keep up the good work!

  • Terri Says:

    the hospital I work for sent 2 teams over there to aid in the relief, I love your site and see your vision, I am going to send this info forward, thanks for caring.

  • A J Says:

    I loved your reply about the money getting to those who need it to recover from such a huge tragedy, and I believe that we all need to help people up the ladder. This is a fantastic idea and site.

  • Bron Says:

    Thanks for this post, as tourism will be a huge issue for Nepal for the next few years it's great to find other ways to contribute to the economy there.
    Thank you

  • Julie Says:

    wrt Stephen's comments. I experienced an earthquake of the same magnitude and unfortunately, yes, some people need direct and immediate monetary aid for their complete and total losses and medical expenses..it is the unfortunate truth that the press only shows us only the most devastated portions of a disaster whenever they are reeporting on one in the world. What about the other parts of Nepal where people are fine and want to continue working? Is it not aid to them to let them continue to work through the disaster in their country and earn a fair living?

    I do feel I'm not addressing an elephant in the room that exists between you two about what constitutes payment or even fair payment. I can tell,you absolutely that if these people,have an opportunity to earn a fair wage, under respectful circumstances, according to their own standards, they would fight for that job rather than have nothing at all. I've travelled all over the world and have seen that to be a general truth.

    If there is some other issue between you two then I don't need to get involved.,

  • Mike Says:

    Hi Roz, great question! We are sending 30% of what we would make at The Grommet and giving it back to Nepal.

  • Mike Says:

    Hi Julie, that was the exact point of the post— to shed light on another avenue to provide support. We want to see the Makers and workers in Nepal and the surrounding regions get back to normal as soon as possible. This is a way of helping that effort.

  • Alex Says:

    Rebecca.. I'm sure most of these people know how to "Fish", and work very hard...your comment is as though they are needing. To learn through thier hardship and loss... a little arrogant don't you think?...they are very strong people who we all can learn a lot from...especially in this heartbreaking time...& obviously are very talented and smart, as you can see in these beautiful handmade Cat Caves...to say the least of what they are doing to pull together as one...as we should all do in these times .. Thank you for doing what your doing for the Nepal beautiful people Mike! I will repost/share... and of course buy/contribute...(((❤️)))

  • Tammy Says:

    Who missed reading this in the introduction?
    "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." Go Grommet!!

    People quit being jerks! Buy or donate, but don't say "I would rather" because it sounds like, "I'll do neither."

  • Shawn Says:

    No need for me to argue about helping people in need. I support this idea. Do many people support helping victims of natural disasters, globally? I can't tell by looking at Haiti, where pretty much everyone who has been a victim of the earthquake a few years ago (time gets away, I had to look it up, it was in 2010), still lives in a tent with no clean water. Ironically, the cholera epidemic is blamed on Nepalese U.N. Workers. So if we spend 13 billion dollars in Nepal now, I hope it isn't given to 1%-er cronies of USAID leaders, evil do-nothing corporations who will build soccer fields or goddamn ballroom dancing chandeliers instead of clean water, livable housing, and medical treatment options. Grommet's ideas sound good. But look at Haiti, please.

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