the women of the "Quilts for Kids Nepal" community immigrated to Nepal from India decades ago. They are a talented but marginalized comunity, living on the edges of society In Kathmandu. Having received almost no formal education, the women are usually married by the age of 15, immediately start a family, and spend their lives cooking & cleaning house.
Before Quilts for Kids started, the only way for a woman in our community to make money was to beg on the main road in Kathmandu. This was dangerous work and the women were often subject to accidents & harassment.
However the women had an untapped cultural skill: they knew how to make colorful hand-stitched bed covers. Made by mothers as their daughter's dowry, quilt making has been a tradition in Punjabi culture for thousands of years.
Today Q4K provides a market for this traditional handicraft by selling these bed covers around the world, and the women are in control of their financial future. Begging for money and earning money are two different things.
Now, the women of our community earn money & respect for themselves by making quilts and their work is loved all over the world. They are creating a better future for their children with their own two hands.
MAKING QUILTS EMPOWERS OUR WOMEN! BY PURCHASING A QUILT, YOU PROVIDE A SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THESE STRONG WOMEN, AS WELL AS SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL. THIS ENSURES THAT A BRIGHTER FUTURE IS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE.