To increase economic cooperation between Nepal and the Autonomous Region of Tibet, representative women’s organizations from both economies recently put up a trade show to highlight various products with distinctive traditional designs and raw materials. The five-day trade show also drew eighty women’s businesses that cater to the export market.
Among the exhibitors from Nepal are women who belong to WINNER-Nepal: Mahalaxmi Shrestha, Bee Keeping Shop; Neera Vaidya, Neera’s Handicrafts; Parbati Shrestha, Palanchok Bhagwati Pashmina; Riddhi Amatya, Bluebell Herbals; Urmila Tamrakar, Peognanni Handicrafts. The products include: beads, crystals, stone jewellery, herbal soaps, oils, shampoos, herbal medicines, body care products, silver accessories, honey and honey-based products as well as various pashmina products.
Gracing the opening day of the two-country trade show were: Mr. Lekhraj Bhatta, Minister for Commerce and Supplies of Nepal; and Mr. Wu Xinjgie, Executive Vice-Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China. They visited the WINNER stalls and met the women entrepreneurs who explained to the visiting dignitaries the production process and unique selling features of their products. The trade fair is organized every year, alternately, in Kathmandu and Lhasa.
The show received a large number of visitors from China. All five WINNER entrepreneurs generated sales and also received new contacts for future business. Average sales for each day by each WINNER entrepreneur was not lower than USD 1,000. Of the five, sales were higher for honey, pashmina, beads and crystal jewellery.
According to the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), majority of the Nepalese women entrepreneurs are in the cottage industry, producing food stuffs, handicrafts, natural fiber, jewelry, paper products, woolen ítems and garments.
Through trade fairs, selling missions overseas and forging cooperation with counterparts elsewhere in the world, these women’s enterprises have broken through to larger markets. Specifically, training courses on enterprise development, best practices, e-commerce, product development and export competitiveness as well as production quality standards have been regularly conducted for the benefit of these women’s micro and small enterprises in Nepal. Todate, numerous trainings on various subject matters have already been completed since the start of the FNCCI-DEVNET cooperation in implementing the WINNER program.