Pasal Himal is een Nederlands-Nepalees familiebedrijf. Ze reizen regelmatig naar Nepal om mooie handgemaakte spullen in te kopen en te verschepen naar Nederland. Hebben persoonlijk contact met kleinschalige bedrijven in de hoofdstad Kathmandu en enkele dorpen in de omgeving van de stad.
Ontwikkeling & Hulp: Help in Action
Nepal is ook een arm land in ontwikkeling na een politiek roerige periode. Zij proberen de hardwerkende bevolking economisch te steunen door handel met hen te drijven.
Pasal Himal heeft een sterke verbinding met Nepal en wil ook bijdragen aan goed onderwijs en goede gezondheidszorg in dit land door het steunen van enkele hulp- en ontwikkelingsprojecten.
De belangrijkste daarvan is Help in Action. Ze kennen deze organisatie goed en we weten dat onze donaties zorgvuldig worden besteed aan diverse projecten in Tibet, India en Nepal. Zoals bijvoorbeeld de Samling School in Kathmandu. (foto)
Help in Action biedt ook de mogelijkheid om kinderen of boeddhistische monniken in Tibet en Nepal op afstand te ‘adopteren’ en hen zo een goede toekomst te bieden.
Gringo’s motto is “Aid Through Trade”
By helping these proud people in the developing world to sell their products, we can help their families to get out of the poverty trap, improve their standard of living and quality of life and appreciate all the hard work that goes into each individual item.
We only buy directly from small scale producers, such as family businesses and co-operatives, who we have visited in person and checked they meet our Fair Trade criteria.
This ensures our products are fairly sourced, as by cutting out the middle men, the profit goes directly to the suppliers.
We also try to keep a continuation of supply by buying from the same suppliers, which gives the families and their workers confidence to have some control over their lives, without the threat of unemployment and poverty.
In Bali alone we produce with over 30 small family run businesses, and some of these we have been working with for more than 15 years, and a strong bond of trust and partnership has evolved between us.
Through this bond, and by always visiting all the suppliers personally at least twice a year, we have helped them install better conditions for their workers. These include paying the workers a fair wage, a clean and safe working environment, sufficient lighting, adequate breaks, never using child labour and breaks for religious holidays and festivals.
Our suppliers have come to realise that when their workers are happy everyone benefits.
Gringo always pay their suppliers a minimum 30% deposit when the order is placed, then the balance prior to the goods being shipped.
Many recycled fabrics are also used in our designs and production, plus we always try to source local materials and fabrics and keep environmental pollution to a minimum.
We believe all have a right to better our lives.
“Aid Through Trade”
Our main activity is exporting Bolivian handcrafted products.
We work in a spirit of cooperation with our partners based on the principles of equity and solidarity that help improve quality of life for the artisans.
Therefore, we only work with small Bolivian artisans and cooperatives. We consider our artisans to be our partners, paying them a fair price in advance when the artisan needs it in order to purchase his or her raw material.
What is fair trade?
One of the objectives of fair trade is to support some of the local economic development dynamics taking place among the producers on the ground.
Fair trade has nothing to do with charity, hand-outs or humanitarian activities. We do not criticize these issues, but we only want to clarify that they do not enter into the objective of Caserita.com which is a business.
We seek to build a cooperative relationship with our partners (not our beneficiaries) to develop the local economy through an international partner, which is Caserita.com, and reinforce the autonomy of the artisans. We have identified the business, the purchase of products from the artisans, as a tool to achieve these objectives while respecting the dignity of the artisans and their experiences.
These small organizations create sustainable jobs at the local level.
We want our activity to make people aware of Bolivian craftsmanship and thus allow the artisans to develop their activities sustainably, establishing a relationship with each of them.
Caserita.com has become well-known in the network of Bolivian artisans, and they seek us out. That is the proof that we have a good image in the local artisan community in the country. As far as the prices that some customers consider to be low, we pay our artisans a fair price, trying to suggest the correct price to our customers. We do not have a trademark, and we try to sell more products at the right price instead of selling fewer products at a high price. Thus we allow our artisans to work all year round so we can rotate our stock.
Perhaps the result of the benefits is the same, but the result of the effects in the area of local economic development is different.By buying our products, you enable us to nourish this virtuous circle ensuring a decent income for the artisans.
What about the future?
We are not part of an international fair trade business organization, but it is a project that we wish to achieve one day without harming anyone.In effect, the price for being part of a fair trade network is costly enough, and we have to think well about how to complete this project without harming our customers when the prices of our products go up.