2010 saw the release of the Nimai-Nitai project which enables products made by the Niranjana Sewing Centre to be sold through fair trade in Japan. With the aid of sewing centre volunteer initiative director Akiyo, production begun in April with the first group of sewing graduates. They made shawls, scarves, purses, hair accessories and more. They continue to make these and other products for the project, while a new batch of students have begun training. The 2 centres, located in Basari and Bakrour villages, now host 80 women in total (up from 30 at the beginning of the year), either working or training.
In addition to the continued progress of the Niranjana Sewing Centre, an amazing new venture is about to begin. New land has been purchased, (30,000USD thanks to Team Peace Challenger) and new machines installed at 125/piece. Funds needed for a building here are to be invested by a Momoko Hironaka, the leader of the Nimai-Nitai project. She is in the beginnings of setting up her own business there through which she will employ around 100 local workers. Alongside her business the sewing centre will run, with her continued support and teachings. From here, the Niranjana Sewing Centre will soon place their products on the worldwide market via The Shop for Change enterprise which is to launch this week! The company, founded by two of Niranjanas most loved volunteers, hopes to see the end of long term funding problems for Niranjana. (www.theshopforchange.com/)
Keep posted for the release of The Shop for Change which will allow YOU to purchase products made at the Niranjana Sewing Centre.