Women’s Skills Development Organization Pokhara is a fair trade organization. It has been working since 1975 as a non-profit organization and income-generating program for economically disadvantaged, disabled, abused, widowed, divorced, single and outcast women from rural Nepal. It was officially registered in the District Administration Office, Kaski, in 1994.
After arriving at WSDO, the women are provided training on material cutting, sewing, weaving, dyeing, business management, and various other skills related to handicraft. Every year WSDO gives performance rewards to one woman in each department who has excelled in both the quality and quantity of her work. There is also a cooperative saving and credit program, where the women can save money for the future and can obtain a loan with nominal interest. For the senior teachers, WSDO has a saving program, depositing 10% of their monthly earnings in an interest-bearing account. WSDO also provides its workers a clothing allowance, 60 days paid maternity leave, emergency allowance, free health checkups, education on social issues and the environment, English language training, educational excursions, and education scholarships for their children.
The organization ensures that its production processes minimize environmental impact by using local raw materials, 100% cotton and eco-friendly dyes. They make a wide range of handmade bags, toys, cases, purses, footwear, and kitchen and household accessories, and are committed to providing its customers with high quality products and service. WSDO is considered the best handicraft organization in Pokhara and an example of a successful local NGO in Nepal, running for the last 40 years without any local or international donations. More than 80% of production is exported to the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, the United States of America, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
With free vocational skills training and the tools to plan for the future, hundreds of women at WSDO have benefitted from this inspiring and empowering program. And, thousands of people around the world have enjoyed their handmade, artisan, products. The Women’s Skills Development Organization family hopes that you are one of them and promises friends and buyers to continue to provide the finest quality handmade products that reflect Nepalese tradition.
WSDO warmly welcomes visitors and volunteers at its facility.