October 2014



Happy Fair Trade Month!
In honor of Fair Trade Month, we are offering 10% off all cotton scarves for the month of October for everyone who is reading our newsletter. Just remember to write "FTM Discount" in the comment section of the shopping cart before you submit your order. 
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We Support a $10.10 Minimum Wage!

61% of small business owners with employees support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour and this includes Ganesh Himal Trading. 

Check out the video below that features our own Denise Attwood! 

      learn more here


Recycled Tire Bags Now Made By Paraplegics in Nepal!
Ganesh Himal's recycled rubber tire bags are now hand stitched by paraplegics who have suffered spinal injury and are being rehabilitated at the SIRC hospital in Banepa, Nepal http://techoutsolutions.com/sirc/.

In February of 2014, Ganesh Himal Trading's producer partner, Sadle Traders, was asked by the project manager of SIRC to train 5 of their patients to sew these bags so that they could create a livelihood for themselves and their families. This money helps them to be self-sufficient and gain skills for their future. Each brass buckle is hand made by Sundar Lama, a spinal injury victim trained by the Sadle Traders' sister company Asal-General Udyog.

Sadle Traders is happy to be a part of this team to rehabilitate spinal injury victims and Ganesh Himal is proud to stand beside them and purchase their products. We all appreciate your purchase of these recycled rubber tire bags and your support of this endeavor.

Thirty years ago this month after the cattle had been chased off the runway our plane touched down at the old and tired Kathmandu airport. We had no idea the defining moment in our careers had just taken place.
Denise & Ric Circa 1986 on Thorong La with good friend and guide, Ram Karki

 But after 30 years, almost as many trips, a civil war, abdication of the monarchy and the transition to some sort of democracy our lives and work are still bound to Nepal.


     Nepal has seen many changes in 30 years, but remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Our initial foray into what we now call "Fair Trade" began innocently enough with the purchase of 2 wool sweaters from a Tibetan refugee family. We are still proud of our association with the Tibetan Community and would not have been able to continue in Nepal without their honesty and hard work.


Ric, Cameron (son of Ric and Denise), Chunta, & Meera at the Association of Craft Producers


But it became apparent that so many talented artisans and crafts

people could use what

 we could provide, access to the US market.

 Within a few years we had established relationships with a dozen cottage industries and development aid projects, most of which, like the Association 

for Craft Producers (ACP) we still work with today.


     What started as a simple act of buying a couple of sweaters grew into a full time business. Thirty years later Ganesh Himal Trading LLC helps support hundreds of craft producers in Nepal and sells to over 250 retail outlets in the US and Canada.


     The principles of Fair Trade provided a template for our interactions in Nepal, even before there was a Fair Trade movement. Treat people with respect, make sure they get a fair return for their work, provide continuity over time, safe working conditions, design assistance and financial support.

Denise with Laxmi and weavers in 1988

Over the years we have been fortunate enough to provide other assistance to our extended Nepali family. Education in Nepal can go a long way in helping to alleviate poverty. We have seen people we work with save everything to put their children through school and now see the

 results as the next generation uses their education to help others.

      Our trekking guide and good friend Ram, who has a 1st grade education, has two boys which we are putting through school. Pradeep, the eldest, now helps his Dad with business, leads groups of college kids to remote parts of Nepal and dreams of building the first school in his village.

Denise's dear friend, Laxmi, a village weaver who organized

Cameron, Ric & Denise's son
with Pemala

other village weavers, used the money she made to send her daughter, Sudha, to high school, then college, then to graduate school for social work. Sudha came back to take over her mothers work 

of organizing the village weavers and works to create new products and more opportunity.


     Kesang, the middle daughter of our dear Tibetan friends who we have known and worked with for 30 years, also has a family that values education. Her father, Namgyal, escaped Tibet as a child and was sponsored to a good school and college in India. Her mother, Pemala, also fled but never got to go past the 6th grade. Kesang, after finishing college in the US went back to Nepal and following in her mother and fathers footsteps started a knitting group called Padhma Creations on the Nepal/India border. Padhma Creations works with women who are victims of abuse, abandonment, civil war or the threat of trafficking...read more here>> 

Denise with paper producers in Nepal in 2013

We did it! The Conscious Connections Foundation is launched!


We have asked you, our customers, to not only buy our products, but to help us rebuild workshops, send girls to school, and build a remote clinic....and what have you done? You've donated beyond our wildest dreams and made these things happen. You have organized store campaigns and been our co-creators, like the bees who gather nectar from flowers and deliver pollen to fertilize, you have worked cooperatively with us to make these projects flourish! For all of your amazing effort we thank you!

As we celebrate our 30 years in business and acknowledge your generous, on-going support of all these projects, we have been inspired to

Cameron working on the details of the non-profit status

create and launch a separate 501(c)3 to keep these projects growing and flourishing. This summer I had the unbelievable joy of mentoring our 17 year old son, Cameron, as he enthusiastically compiled all of the paperwork to submit for the non-profit. In September, we received our tax exempt status and the Conscious Connections Foundation was born! Now all of your donations to the Power of 5 and other projects will be tax deductible! It has been your enthusiastic support that has empowered us to make this happen. What a phenomenal partnership.

So, in the months and years ahead we will continue to raise money for the 180 scholarships in Nepal for the Power of 5, we will launch a college scholarship fund, named in honor of my mom, Joy Attwood, to pay full room, board and tuition for girls who apply and want to continue their education and there will be so much more! Our CCF website will be up and running soon with a "donate" button, stories and photos. We will continue to offer bookmarks for fundraising and perhaps look into creating some other products where a portion of the sales will go to CCF. With you all by our side we can dream the impossible and bring it to fruition! Cultivating "Conscious Connections", we believe, is the wave of the future! Thanks for joining us on this incredible ride!


Read more about the Power of 5 and The Conscious Connections Foundation here>>


Denise Attwood

Co-founder Ganesh Himal Trading &

Conscious Connections Foundation www.consciousconnectionsfoundation.org (soon)

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