Awards and Affiliations

We are fortunate to have welcomed many important visitors from both Nepal and further afield:

Name Title Date of Visit
Queen Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah Queen, Nepal 1984
Sushila Thapa Minister, Nepal 1987
Diane Zohnstone Australian Ambassador 1988
Richenda Jeorze British Ambassador 1992
Abanindra Kumar Shrestha Secretary, Local Development Ministry 1992
Mangaladevi Singh Executive, Nepal Women’s Institute 1994
Mahadev Gurung Chairperson, Kaski District, Nepal 1995
Mira Bhattarai Organizational Executive, Fair Trade Group Nepal 1996 and many times since
Bishwaraj  Regmi Secretary, Ministry of Development, Nepal 1996
Bidhyadevi Bhandari Minister, Nepal 1996
Lili Thapa Chairperson, Single Women’s Group, Nepal 1996
Anuradha Koirala Deputy Minister, Nepal 2002
Pratibha Rana Deputy Minister, Nepal 2005
Mizuno Jatsuo Japanese Ambassador 2009
Carol Wills Secretary, World Fair Trade Organization 2009
Leija Scott Dehis United States of America Ambassador 2010
Masazumi Nakahara Komagane Mayor, Japan 2013
Narayan Koirala Secretary General, Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2013
Roshi Aryal Chairperson, Nepal Police Wives Association, Kathmandu 2014
Basanta Raj Kumar Secretary general, Nepal Ex-Police Association and South Asia Chief, International Narconon Nepal 2014
Omraj Poudel Interim Executive Officer, Pokhara Sub Metropolitan Office 2016
Purcoltam Ojha Former Secretary, Nepal Government 2016

And, our affiliations with other groups are of great importance to us:

Organization’s Name Year
(Founder Member of) Fair Trade Group Nepal 1993
Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1995
World Fair Trade Organization 2002
Asia Fair Trade Forum 2002
Homenet Asia 2009
(Founder Member of) Human Rights Organization Kaski 2007
Federation of Handicraft Association of Nepal 2011
(Founder Member of) Kaski Handicraft Association 2011

Some awards the team are proud of include:

2002: Mrs Ram Kali Khadka participated in the “Women and Economic Development” International Visitor Program at the United States Department of State.

2004: WSDP won Best Stall in the exhibition organized by the Western Regional Armed Police Family Women Association.

2006-07: Mrs Ram Kali Khadka presented with the award for Outstanding Professional Woman by the Rotary Club of Pokhara.

2007: WSDO was appreciated by Fair Trade Group Nepal for supporting its development and attending events.

2007: WSDO received the 5th Mohammad Islam Artisan Recognition Award for best range of products in the category of Gifts from World Fair Trade Organization.

2009: Global Entrepreneurship Week commended WSDO – “In honor of entrepreneurial visions and contributions that have laid the foundation for enterprise development and for projecting a dynamic outlook for the enhancement of Nepalese market economy.”

2009: Mrs Ram Kali Khadka receives Best Women Entrepreneur from President Puspa Kamal Dahal for her regular contribution towards promotion and development of industry and business.

2011: Gorkhali Radio MHZ acknowledged Mrs Ram Kali Khadka for her contribution to the area of Women Empowerment.

2012: Mrs Ram Kali Khadka presented a Letter of Appreciation by Far Western Connect and Development Community for her contributions and support to society.

2012: Namaste Community Foundation gives this letter of Appreciation to Mrs Ramkali Khadka for her contribution towards development of society.

2012: Radio Safalta awarded Mrs Ram Kali Khadka for her contribution towards women empowerment.

2016: WSDO won Second Prize in the competition “Queen Aishwarya Country Wise Skill Competition” organized by Nepal’s Women Group.