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Fashion & Style – Bags & Accessories – Handicrafts & Jewellery: NEPALAYA garments are manufactured in the NEPALAYA CRAFT manufacturing site. The design of NEPALAYA is a melting pot of Nepalese and Western European fashion ideas: Trendy shirts made of eco-cotton, banana or eucalypt fibres, Gheri weaving bags designed in age-old Nepalese patterns complemented with 100 % naturally tanned leather, modern felted deco-articles, warming woolen hats and jackets, traditional harmonic singing bowls, upcycled Sari products, precious jewellery crafted by women endangered by human traffacking …and new ideas all around! Respecting the people Everyone is welcome! Christians, hindus, buddhists and muslims working together ensure NEPALAYA’s diverse energy. For NEPALAYA it is an affair of the heart to give decent and secure work to people who are socially or ethnically marginalized. Both Dalits — the caste of the so-called “untouchables” – and members of the Muslim minority belong to the workers of NEPALAYA. Focused on fair At NEPALAYA’s men and women work for the same and fair payment and enjoy the same rights, with a focus on women encouragement. Employees of NEPALAYA are granted health and accident assurances. As children are the best investment into a better future, NEPALAYA ensures that all workers’ families send their children to good schools.

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NEPALAYA’S Mission: The all-underlying idea of the co-operation between NEPALAYA focused on fair in Germany and NEPALAYA Craft in Nepal is: All trading and production is to be conducted according to Fair Trade principles as layed down in the WFTO Fairtrade Standard. The same applies to products bought at other producers (“partners”) and sold under the name of NEPALAYA. NEPALAYA offers long-time partnerships to these partners. Most important aspects to ensure the Fair Trade Principles are the recruiting of the staff and to develop a policy of sustainable purchasing of the processed raw materials. Thus NEPALAYA Craft employs men and women of the underpriviliged part of the Nepalese population: mainly persons belonging to the so-called untouchables, the lowest caste of the Hindu caste system; and persons of the Muslim minority; both do not have a fair access to the employment market of Nepal. Regarding the raw materials we invest in the purchasing of different sustainable clothing fibres, i.e. eco cotton, hemp, eucalypt and banana, plus the upcycling of Sari fabrics into new products, to help the clothing business in getting more and more climate-friendly.
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WFTO Membership & Associate Types

  • Fair Trade Organisations (FTO)

    All trading members of WFTO. This includes all organisations that have more than half of their income and/or more than €100,000 in income from trade.

  • Fair Trade Support Organisations (FTSO)

    An organisation whose primary mission is to support Fair Trade and/or provide services to organisations that are or want to become Fair Trade Organisations.

  • Fair Trade Networks (FTN)

    An organisation which is an association of organisations committed to Fair Trade.

  • Individual Associates (IA)

    Individual Associates are supporters of the Fair Trade movement with limited rights. The WFTO Guarantee System does not apply to them.

  • Associate Organisations (AO)

    Associate Organisations align with WFTO’s values but after their application. They do not undergo monitoring and also have limited rights.

WFTO Guarantee System Monitoring Statuses

  • Candidates

    Candidates have been conditionally approved for membership but have not completed their first monitoring cycle under the WFTO Guarantee System. They have limited rights within WFTO. They may not use the WFTO Member Mark and Product Label or claim that they are monitored by WFTO.

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WFTO welcomes applications from established Fair Trade Organisations as well as organisations that support Fair Trade. Individuals in their capacity as researchers, writers, consultants and specialists in their field who can contribute solid skills, knowledge and expertise to WFTO and members are also welcome.

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  • Compliance with the WFTO 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Please have a look at the WFTO Fair Trade Standard for more specific information on compliance with these principles.

  • All applicant organisations must already be duly registered (as a legal entity) and active for at least one year.

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  • Fair Trade Organisations (FTO)

    All companies, partnerships, co-partnerships and other legal bodies – as determined by the legal provisions of the country of the member concerned – that are directly engaged in Fair Trade. They may be producers or northern or southern based trading FTOs for whom Fair Trade is the main activity. To qualify for FTO membership, income from sales (turnover) must account for 50% or more of the total income. Applications for FTO membership cannot be accepted from organisations with no prior sales history.

  • Fair Trade Networks (FTN)

    Legal entities whose primary function is to serve as national or international associations of Fair Trade producers and/or Fair Trade Organisations.

  • Fair Trade Support Organisations (FTSO)

    Fair Trade Organisations where trading is not the main activity (proportion of trade is less than 50% of total income). These organisations are engaged in Fair Trade indirectly, through activities that promote and support Fair Trade. These activities can include business counselling, finance, advocacy or networking.

  • Associate Organisations

    This is a special category for national or international organisations that are interested in supporting and promoting Fair Trade, including donor organisations. Organisations that do not meet the one-year legal existence requirement also fit in this group.

  • Individual Associates

    Individual researchers, writers, consultants and specialists in their field that can support WFTO. WFTO expects its individual associates to be active Fair Trade supporters whose experience and expertise in their own particular field can be of practical benefit to WFTO's members. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae.

    While FTO, FTN and FTSO are entitled to full WFTO membership, organizational and individual associates have only limited rights.

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