Back in May 2014, I (Helen) posted about a Kickstarter opportunity to support Purnaa, a social enterprise in Nepal that seeks to create jobs for survivors of exploitation – those who have experienced human trafficking, bonded labor, and discrimination because of caste, religion, or disease. The Kickstarter campaign’s goal was to raise $7000 and create work for Purnaa employees, by providing rewards for backers, including beautifully made bags, t-shirts, scarves, and hats. The campaign was a wild success, raising $31,313. As a backer I received a lovely Anita canvas leather bag, so I can vouch for the quality of the products of Purnaa; I love that my bag was a small part of supporting Purnaa’s mission as a force for change, improving lives and communities locally and globally. Nepal captured our hearts when Michael and I were there in the summer of 2013, and we’re proud to know one of the families that founded and directs this social enterprise.
To my delight, I recently discovered Purnaa is continuing to produce their own line (previously they were mainly manufacturing garments for other clothing lines). They’ve expanded their line to include not only the products offered as part of the Kickstarter campaign, but other beautifully crafted garments, bags, scarves, and even home decor! While they are not selling these items individually online, Purnaa hopes to capture the attention of shops and boutiques, and sell their line wholesale to business owners who can act as distributors of their quality products.
Though business owners are the target audience of Purnaa’s Fall line (the products will be shipped by July 15th), the minimum order for a wholesale purchase is $500 USD, which means you don’t have to be a business owner to purchase Purnaa products wholesale! You can gather a group of socially-minded friends together to purchase these products, or maybe even let your church know about the opportunity to support a social enterprise in Nepal! This is a great opportunity to purchase Purnaa’s beautiful new items at wholesale prices (the suggested retail price is obviously significantly higher), and because Canada and the EU enjoy duty free status for items made in Nepal, the only extra costs are sales tax and shipping. Do keep in mind that the prices listed in the catalog are in USD. The deadline for ordering is March 1, 2015.
My favorite items from the catalog are the Priya tunic, Rama hoodie, Mingma scarf, and Annapurna pillow. The fall line also includes men’s wear, as well as several items made out of 100% cashmere. Cotton products are 70% bamboo, making these products not only socially responsible, but sustainably sourced. The Kalpana sari scarf is made out of 100% re-purposed saris.
If you own a business and are interested in selling Purnaa’s products, or if you’d like to get a group together to make a wholesale purchase of minimum $500 USD worth of items, check out Purnaa’s Fall 2015 Catalogue. You can also learn more about Purnaa by going to their website, www.purnaa.com, and discover what God is doing through this social enterprise in Nepal.