Affiliations and Awards

Further to our self-directed activities, we are actively involved and affiliated with a variety of organizations and associations to promote the advancement of the socio-economic status of underprivileged and marginalized women:

Organization Member since
PaCo (Partner Comité e.V.) 2017
NGO Federation of Nepal 2014
(Founder Member of) Kaski Handicraft Association 2011
Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal 2011
(Founder Member of) Human Rights Organization Kaski 2007
Homemet South Asia 2009
World Fair Trade Organization 2003
Asia Fair Trade Forum 2002
(Founder Member of) Fair Trade Group Nepal 1996
Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1995

Other organizations with similar values with whom we also work closely include Oxfam Australia, CTM Altromercato, Citizens’ Committee in Japan for Overseas Support (Shapla Neer) and Fair Trade Korea.

Some awards the team are proud of include:

2019: Our Founder and Executive Director, Mrs Ram Kali Khadra, was awarded the “Best Women Entrepreneur of Gandaki Province in the year 2019” by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies. This was for her outstanding contributions towards the development of industry in Nepal.

2018: Mrs Ram Kali Khadra was awarded for her contributions toward women’s entrepreneurship and the social sector at the 3rd International Women’s Trade Expo 2018, organized by the Federation of The Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs’ Associations of Nepal (FWEAN).

2017: WSDO received 3rd Place in the Mohammad Islam Design Awards for best range of products in the Fashion Accessory category from the World Fair Trade Organization.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.”

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

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

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

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

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