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Knitting as a Hobby
As a little girl, Rita was always passionate about knitting, stitching and making dolls. She grew up in Nepal, often knitting small swatches as a hobby. Later, with advanced training in knitting, design, and patterns, Rita began to knit new and challenging advanced patterns! The training she received from this local Artisan community made it possible for her to begin designing and creating knitted products as a professional Artisan. As an Artisan, she’s able to earn income on her own to help provide for her children’s needs.
Knitting with New Purpose
Rita defines herself as a confident and independent working woman. Her handmade designs are now in the hands of buyers far beyond Nepal. So, she’s proud of her skills! Rita’s continuous hard work has made her a leader among the other local home-based Artisans. She loves teaching eager unemployed women in her community to progress in their knitting skills and inspiring them to learn and develop their skills, so they can begin earning income on their own. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and knitting skills to the next generation of women in Nepal.
Knitting to Change the World
Rita believes that without her work, she would not be the same confident woman who she is today. She would not have the courage to speak as she does today. She believes that being an Artisan partner with Trades of Hope helps her stand confidently against Nepal’s traditional culture – that continues to discriminate against women – as she pursues her dream of becoming a social entrepreneur. Together Rita’s Artisan community is leading the way for women in Nepal to overcome social barriers and become professional Artisans and independent businesswomen.