People Tree partner Kumbeshwar Technical School (KTS) is a Fair Trade organisation in Nepal. The artisans at KTS hand knit the unique and beautiful jumpers, cardigans, hats, gloves and scarves in People Tree’s cosy winter collection.
KTS provides work for thousands of artisans and was originally set up to help people born into the Pode caste in Nepal. People born into the Pode cast were expected to clean the streets and sewers of areas inhabited by higher castes. These people faced discrimination and until very recently, Pode children did not go to school at all. This meant their chances in life were incredibly limited.
People Tree’s partnership with KTS provides underprivileged women, disabled people and widows with vocational training and job opportunities where there would otherwise be none. Not only this, but as a result KTS is also able to provide medical and social support, and offer children’s and adult’s literacy classes so that artisans and their families can develop valuable skills – helping them find a way out of poverty, and away from prejudice.
“People Tree’s orders are vital to KTS, to me, my family, my colleagues and grass-roots female producers in my country. Fair Trade orders empower people socially and economically and mean we can educate ourselves and our children. Knowing this inspires me to work hard. I pray for the success of Fair Trade fashion and People Tree.”
Laxmi, a Knitter with KTS
In addition to providing good jobs for thousands of people, KTS puts profits from Fair Trade back into their community development – they support a school, a day care centre, and an orphanage – providing an education to over 350 children from low-income families. Keep warm this winter knowing your knitwear has been made by skilled artisans by hand, and not by machine.
Using the traditional technique of hand-knitting for our products, here at People Tree we ensure this precious craft remains alive.
Send us a picture of yourself in your People Tree Christmas Knitwear…we’d love to see how you’re keeping warm and stylish this season!