Fair Trade enables producers to improve their livelihoods and communities. CHILDREN-Nepal that runs Suryamukhi Handicrafts is a registered member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and Fair Trade Group Nepal (FTGN). We seek to benefit disadvantaged and marginalized women and deliver sustainable livelihoods by supporting and developing women's handicraft skills. The practices of Suryamukhi Handicrafts are guided by the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Women receive free skills training in sewing and embroidery at the CHILDREN-Nepal premises and are then hired as handicraft producers. In addition to receiving a fair income, the women benefit from emotional encouragement and support from staff and co-workers, which help increase their self-confidence.

Our dedication to Fair Trade is important to us. Our goals and practices are consistent with the objectives of Fair Trade. We believe that every person has the right to earn a fair wage and work in a safe environment. We enable the women to do this by producing quality goods using environmentally friendly materials and methods.

Fair Trade

Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers—especially in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fair Trade organizations, recognized by the WFTO logo, have a clear commitment to the principal core of their mission. Then, backed by consumers, are actively engaged in supporting producers, raising awareness and campaigning for changes in the rules and practices of conventional international trade. Fair Trade proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It shows how successful businesses can, and should, put people before profits.

10 Principles of Fair Trade

1. Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
2. Transparency and accountability
3. Fair trading practices
4. Payment of a fair price to producers that can be sustained by the market
5. Ensuring no child labour and no forced labour
6. Commitment to non discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association
7. Ensuring good working conditions
8. Providing capacity building
9. Promoting Fair Trade
10. Respect for the environment

Fair Trade Group Nepal

FTGN is a consortium of Fair Trade organizations in Nepal, which promotes the advancement of the socioeconomic status of underprivileged producers across the country. It was formally registered as a not-for-profit and nongovernmental organization in 1996. FTGN aims to develop constructive collaboration among its members to influence policy and promote fair trade in Nepal. It aims to enhance solidarity among Fair Trade and like-minded organizations, partners and stakeholders at the national, regional and international levels for the further promotion of the Fair Trade movement.