Meet the Artisans: Yogendra Tamang and the Village of Sertung

Yogendra Tamang

On April 25, 2015, two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal. Ganesh Himal Trading Company, a fair trade organization which is in partnership with communities throughout Nepal, stepped into action. The owners walked through the village of  Sertung to survey the damage. This village is two days walk from any road and lies in the remote Norther region of Dhading district.  During this visit they met a young woman who was the health care worker there and her husband.  Their village was so heavily damaged and they wanted to know if Ganesh Himal could help them get some economic income to the women and children left in the village. Ganesh Himal ordered necklaces. In a letter sent with the order, Yogendra Tamang had these words to say:

“Namaste, I would like to say thanks for order of necklaces. Our womens’ life story is:  in Sertung women are  maximum uneducated but they are everyday hard working.   They do old type of farming and after planting they wait six month to get the crop.  They have no [income generating] work.  After earthquake they live in a small trap. This recycled necklace is made by them so  if you continue to buy this necklace they get good income job and help their children study.” 

The group name chosen by the women was “Khlapsang Karpo Women Recycled Handcrafts”.   Khlapsang means “Good God” and Kharpo means “white”.   This is the Tamang name for Ganesh Himal, the mountain whose shadow they live beneath.  To start they are training about ten women and one man with others who are eager to be trained.  The women include: Chesang Tamang, Khasa Maya Tamang,  Tikhri Tamang, Lili Maya Bika, Heni Maya Tamang,  Kheti Maya Tamang, Bata Maya Tamang, Ruku Maya Tamang, Gyalmo Tamang, Mili Maya Tamang,   Toni Maya Tamang, and Yogendra Tamang.  

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