"Fun, functional, and affordable Fair Trade from Nepal"
Welcome to 2010! We hope it's started off on a good note for you and that all is well! Thanks for all of your great support in 2009, we couldn't do it without you!
We just got a great shipment from Nepal, so this is a good time to call and place your orders. Also, check out our 2009 top sales lists (below) you may want to try out some of our best sellers for your next order.
-Top Jewelry Sales for 2009
-Top Products (non jewelry) for 2009
Other Important News....
We try to keep our prices constant but have had to make a few price changes for 2010. Please note these changes!
-New 2010 Price Changes
Also, our new shipping minimum is $8. For orders over $125 shipping costs are still just 6%.
Back Order Policy
We now can only hold back orders for 10 days after we contact you unless you call to make other arrangements.
Due to increased costs we have reduced our sweater selection for 2010.
We have some remaining stock of 2009 sweaters and will offer 2009 prices for all stock of discontinued sweaters.There are limited quantities and colors so you will have to call to find out what is available. For those of you interested in ordering our discontinued
sweaters, we are happy to hold your order and ship and bill you in the fall. Please
note these sales are final.
We are also now beginning to accept Advance Knit and Sweater Orders for Fall 2010. Please note the prices for the advance order sweaters, they've taken a jump.
Denise, Ric and Cameron are heading to Nepal later this month to meet with the producers, design new products, and work on the Baseri Clinic (read more about the clinic in this newsletter). Stay posted for more updates about this exciting trip!
Keep your eyes out for a newsletter highlighting spring items! We have some great products for spring and also that fit well with the World Fair Trade Day theme of "Fair Trade My Home".
Peace be with you and we send you the luck of Ganesh: that any obstacles you face will be overcome!
-Denise, Ric, Eileen, Sarah and Rene
Ganesh Himal Trading
"Shelter Knit" Producer
Meet Dhana Visht, a 32 year old
single mother who's husband was murdered during the Maoist insurgency.
She has migrated to the city because she is scared to live in her
village and has to support her ten year old son, Raju. She has found work with the Shelter in Nepalgunj and is now able to support herself.
Ganesh Himal Trading has set up a scholarship program for women like Dhana, who make our "Shelter Knits". For every Shelter Knit purchase, a percentage goes into a scholarship fund to help the children of the producers be able to afford to go to school.
Thanks to your Shelter Knit purchases last year, Dhana's son Raju can now attend school! Thank to everyone who made this possible!! Look for more shelter knit styles coming this fall!
Besari Clinic News
We want to give you a
quick update on the clinic in Nepal! Sita is in Nepal now and has been
to visit Nira at college. She is working hard in nursing school and
grateful for the opportunity. Sita says she only gets to leave the
campus once a week! She found that Nira's accommodations in Nepal were
pretty sparse so Sarah and Michael (her school sponsors) kindly made an
additional donation to buy her a desk, some blankets and other things to
make her room more comfortable! Thanks Sarah and Michael!
Sita emailed the other day to say that the solar panel is now on the way
to the village to be installed and that the toilet system is completed.
They are also finishing up the water storage system. A local man who was trained as a
medic in the Gurka army has agreed to be the temporary health care
provider at the clinic while we wait for Nira to finish her schooling. It's nice to be able to employ a
Ric and Cameron and I are heading to Nepal Feb 17th. We'll head up to
the clinic around Feb 23rd with Sita to help open it up. Right now we are trying to collect some medical supplies to carry over
and if anyone has or knows of someone who can donate any medical
supplies please let me know. We will wait and buy medicines and
bedding when we are in Nepal because we can purchase them more
inexpensively there (and don't have to pay for the baggage!). We appreciate everyone's help with the clinic. You
have all done so much. We'll keep you posted on the progress! If anyone would like to donate please visit www.firstgiving.com/besarihealthclinic
Thanks again for making this dream a reality! Denise, Sita and the
villagers of Baseri!
Join Ganesh Himal Trading:
WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY PARTNER!
Trade Resource Network wants your business to become a
WFTD partner! Last year over 60,000 people participated in WFTD and we
want to make this one even better! But we need your help!
small businesses to become partners in this great event. In return we
will promote the work that you do and provide you with a World Fair
Trade Day kit to make your event planning easier! Here's what you get
for your support.
WFTD Partner pays
$100 + 10% of sales
Free kit and free
shipping of WFTD promotional materials (20 event posters, 25
each of 2 postcard varieties, 100 stickers)
8.5x11" customized poster "[Your
business] is a Proud Partner of
World Fair Trade Day 2010 as 10% of our WFTD sales go to educating about
Fair Trade". Partner gets 5 hardcopies on
cardstock paper, plus use of softcopy
image for website or other Partner-produced
3. Name and link on our
Partner web page.
Name and link in 2 newsletters,
for May and June.
5. All benefits
of general public.
wants to encourage lots of businesses to sign up for this wonderful
opportunity. Let's show the world how many of us there are!
Contact FTRN as
possible to commit as a partner. The sooner you do
this, the more time
we have to promote your organization. Through strategic alliances we
will gain greater visibility for the movement as a whole, and we will be
able to reach a greater and more diverse demographic than in previous
Partner level is
available until March 30, 2010.
more information contact Jeff Goldman at The Fair Trade Resource
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in part by Ganesh Himal Trading!
Order Your 2010 Conscious Consumers Now!
* Understand how Fair Trade relationships in over
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* Interact with a global community
taking action to
ease inequities wrought by traditional trade structures.
the complicated world of organizations,
labels and definitions of Fair Trade.
These will be available through the Fair Trade Resource Network in March. Prices are $3.95 retail and bulk rate of
$2/copy for orders of 10 or more. PDF
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|New Leaf Bakery Cafe
Himal Trading Supports~
Helping Women Succeed
The New Leaf Bakery Café is a social enterprise providing job training for women in need. They help women develop marketable skills, build a solid resume of work experience and prepare for employment in the food service industry.
Transitions values of Community, Justice, Respect, Growth and Wholeness create a unique environment for developing dependable confident workers. Ganesh Himal is a proud supporter of this work in Spokane.
- Flyers, postcards, stickers
- Brochures, booklets, films, curricula
- Free Fair Trade products
- Event planning guide
- Games, recipes, attendance sheet
- Media outreach resources
Ganesh Himal Trading's
Friends in Fair Trade
GH works closely with many Tibetan refugees and has through the years tried to help educate consumers in North America about the occupation of Tibet and then importance of helping to preserve their culture. We would like to help our wholesale customers learn more and be able to access educational materials for their customers so we would like to introduce them to Snow Lion Publications.
Lion Publications was established in 1980 in Ithaca, New York. Inspired
by a meeting with the Dalai Lama, the three individuals who began Snow Lion vowed to create a press devoted to the
preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and culture. The original idea was to
present translations from all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and to
publish academic as well as popular titles. The editors were
particularly interested in publishing monastic textbooks from the
various traditions. The first manuscripts offered were primarily from
Glenn Mullin, Jeffrey Hopkins, and his students at the University of
Virginia, the foremost academic program in the West for Tibetan Buddhist
studies. Despite initial financial hardship, Snow
Lion has gone on to become the largest press devoted to Tibetan
Buddhism, having published over 200 titles on Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism
(printing over one million copies) and distributing over 650 titles
published by other presses. Read more about us by visiting Snow Lion's
Story, and also read a Mandala Magazine article about SnowTwenty-Five Years of
Kindness, Clarity & Insight. Lion's early founding days with the Dalai Lama: