Mahaguthi, “Craft with a Conscience” is a fair trade organization that produces, markets and exports Nepal handcrafts. The cooperative is made up from more than a thousand individual producers and about ten other small artisan cooperatives or workshops, 50% of which belong to rural or mountainous areas. The majority of the producers are women who have been given the chance to put their traditional knowledge and skills to use in the artisan production of goods as diverse as lokta paper, pottery, fashions, painting… This has enabled them to contribute to their families’ sustainance and to flee thus the danger of social exclusion. Moreover, 40% of the profits obtained by Mahaguthi are destined directly to Ashram Tulsi Mehar Mahila, where sheltering programs for women and children, literacy campaigns for adults, professional training, feeding, education and health care take place.
Mahaguthi supervises the production conditions of the handcrafters to ensure that they fulfill the conditions of Fair Trade, and offers them technical, social and financial support. Mahaguthi is one of the most important travel companions of Himalayan Paradise in Nepal. Mahaguthi has the World Fair Trade Organization stamp and is a member of the Fair Trade Group Nepal.
MAHAGUTHI products you can find at HIMALAYAN PARADISE: jewelry, wool felt (mobiles, keyrings, purses…), Mithila Art articles, paper handcrafts and tibetan traditional handcrafts.