PROJECTS
Running projects

Reparation of the
building

THE FACTORY

Since September 2016, people from Selang camp have been weaving carpets and earning salaries to sustain their families. We started with a wholesale order of 9 big identical carpets, for which 15 workers were employed. After this, we received an order of 6 carpets for which again 18 people were employed. This year, we started with an order of 2+5 small carpets, which were weaved by 7 workers. We have also been providing jobs for a security guard, a master and a manager since then. Together with the community leader we are currently busy finding a middleman who can provide us with unlimited orders so that we can 
guarantee jobs for more people in Selang camp. By selling these weaved carpets; we generate money that we are using for ongoing and upcoming project.
Currently, we are working on the reparations of the factory building. Last year, we started the building process before the monsoon, but unfortunately the monsoon arrived earlier than expected, which caused damage to parts of the walls as these parts did not dry in time. In the coming two months, we will adjust the roof, repair the walls and add a cement layer at the base of the walls in order to protect the factory building from the rain in the coming monsoon season.
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Finished projects

Building the factory

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The first objective of Kusala Carpets was to open a carpet factory in order to create employment opportunities for the people of Selang so they could become less dependent of NGO’s.

After all legal registrations were done, we met our first volunteers: Ahmed, Australian engineer and expert of COB technique, and Pauline, a French architect. They took care of the
​building and the workshops in Selang. The 1st of May 2016 the construction of the factory building started with the help 

 of 53 local workers and 9 volunteers with a cost of NPR 723.843 (aprox. €6240,-). This includes the cost of the building, labour construction work and toilet construction cost.   ​

If you would like to know more about the building process and the COB technique, please read our building report:
Building    report 
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Blankets for the Dalit community, Rasuwa.

Blankets for Sindhupalchowk   

   
Before Kusala Carpets started we were only a group of five girls working with different organizations to help the earthquake victims of Nepal.

In the begining of January 2016, we decided to help the Dalit community to survive the cold winters of Nepal. Dalit is the lower cast in the Hindu cast system and people from this cast, also known as the ‘untouchables’, are generally excluded from the society. Many of them are living in very bad conditions and are ignored by people from other casts. After exploring the area around Betrawati, Rasuwa District, we decided to focus our help on three Dalit communities. We bought 360 blankets, with the intention to give three blankets to each of the 120 families we found.

Thanks to himalaya Climate Change, who donated extra pillows, mattresses and blankets, we were able to include the widows and elderly of Betrawati in this project.
   
After we saw the big smiles and seeing how necessary these blankets were for these people who had barely anything, we decided to continue.

Thanks to the collaboration of Obrigado Portugal, Living Nepal, Stand by Nepal and Des de Nepal, we managed to collect money for 700 blankets to help 350 more families.

Since we knew that some villagers high in the mountains in Sindhupalchowk district were really suffering from the cold, we contacted Red Cross Sindhupalchowk who had all the information about this area. They recommended us two places. 

The first destination was Gopha, in Jyamire VDC, where we distributed 175 packs of blankets in this and the surrounding areas.

The second destination was the area of Selang. After distributing blankets to 175 families we had the opportunity to spend a day and night in the camp. We saw their primitive living conditions and this motivated us to think of how we could help them more.

Then, Kusala Carpets started.​​

Yearly Overview Income and expense

   We would like to be 100% transparent about our income and expenditure, therefore we show here all donations we received in 2016 and what our expenses have been.​​
INCOME

Kusala Carpets started with an initial amount of €2300,-/ NPR266.800 which was already fundraised just after the earthquake in 2015 by Desde Nepal and Stand by Nepal. Donations were received from individual people either in cash, by transfer or through Gofundme. 

5% of the donations was received during a volleyball event in Barcelona organized for Kusala. Furthermore, we started selling merchandise and products from Nepal in Europe. With this, we fundraised another €2147,- / NPR252.184.

In September the people from Selang could finally start working in the factory, therefore, since this moment we have a new income; the profit of the carpets.

The total income of 2016 is €15.385,73 / NPR1.784.745
   
 Expenses

Our total expenses of 2016 is €12.135,62 / NPR1.784.745. As you can see in the diagram, almost half (45%) of the money is used for the construction of the factory and toilet including salaries of the labour work of local workers. For more details, please read the building report above.

The next biggest expense is material. We bought 5 big weaving machines (looms) with tools for the factory and a solar panel. 

Salaries includes only that of the Nepali manager, the local master, security guard and the workers in the factory. Kusala carpets itself is runned by volunteers. 

In the end, the transport cost turned out to be relatively high. This because the access road to Selang is long and in very bad condition, especially during monsoon season. We hired multiple trucks to bring all the material needed for the building and the looms up to Selang. This also includes the cost of workers and volunteers going up and down between Kathmandu and Selang Camp.

Kusala carpets covers the cost of food and accommodation for all member of Kusala Carpets and volunteers when they are staying in Selang. 

We paid a total amount of €346,72 / NPR40.220 for costs of registration and costs of the lawyer we needed to register. 

With office + management costs we refer to phone credits, copies, pens and others.