Crafts For Care

Crafts For Care
Another addition to the vibrant Mandala Street of Thamel is the JeevanKala shop, stocked with intriguing products crafted from recycled plastic, cloth, rubber and paper.
The JeevanKala shop in Thamel

Many items are available here, including sturdy plastic-woven stools, baskets and cushions, funky plastic belts, Christmas decorations, shopping bags, coasters, and iPod holders.

The JeevanKala shop is the retail outlet of Himalayan HealthCare in Thamel, Kathmandu, which opened 29 September. HHC products are also exported, and clearly a market has been established elsewhere for these unique products. The funds and revenue from sales go into supporting health care and education in Tipling, Shertung and Lhapa VDCs in northern Dhading, and creating income-generating opportunities for women there, such as weaving these products.

All net proceeds from the handicraft sales are used to fund primary health care, medical and educational projects, giving to those involved in the production process a sense of pride that comes by helping and sustaining many others, in even greater need than themselves. Jeevankala