I love Nepal. I love the country, its people and its incredible landscapes. I have been fortunate enough to have visited several times; trekking in the Everest and Annapurna regions.
I made my first trekking trip to the Himalayas in 1986 and spent several glorious weeks trekking the Annapurna Circuit with a friend. Imagine my horror when the Circuit was embroiled in the worst trekking disaster in October 2014 when powerful storms caused avalanches and loss of life in the very region.
Imagine more horror when in April this year, a huge earthquake killed more than 8000 people, made many more homeless and devastated a country that was trying to get back on its feet after the trekking disaster. Tourists stopped visiting the country and many people lost their livelihoods as well as their homes and families.
Nepal is a "least developed" country and coping with one natural disaster after another is making life for those who survived even tougher than it was already.
I had made many Nepalese friends who were in dire need of help, who were lucky to escape with their lives but had to rebuild homes for themselves and their parents. We sent money and fund-raised to re-build schools.
What else could we do? We were asked to try and help sell Nepalese cashmere items by a shop and cottage factory owner's son. The earthquake had taken away their homes, their tourists, business and the liveli-hoods of not just their family but their workers too. We said yes and had a go at selling ponchos and I'm pleased to say people have responded and bought, and not just once but many times over!
So we are making a small contribution to helping friends in Nepal provide jobs for their workers and keep their cottage industries afloat. All cashmere items come from cottage industries in Nepal.
Please take a look our ponchos and scarves
Just one little bit of action is helping a few cottage industries in Nepal to get back on their feet again.
If you are reading this and you are interested in trekking in the Himalayas our great friend and guide Bam Magar has a trekking company http://www.exploreradventure.com
Bam has taken us to Everest Base Camp and The Annapurna Sanctuary in the last couple of years. I cannot recommend him highly enough as an excellent warm and friendly guide who will take you on a journey of a lifetime and be a friend for life!
Or send me a message and I can tell you more!
The Cashmere Crew, Brynmaen, Capel Isaac, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, SA19 7TU
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