Find a market for our Nepali woolen products

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There is currently an order of 500 pieces of the woolen products for the women who passed the first skills training. However, there is no perspective yet for what will happen after the 2 months that the production is ongoing for this order. Fortunately the Association of Craft Producers also said they would put an order. But of course a more stable income would be of great benefit to the women!

Are you a marketing specialist? The first important thing would be to do market research. There are currently 25 knitters who can produce
Knitters can knit 2 hats per day
Gloves 2 pairs per day
Socks 2 pairs per day
1 Sweater per weak (simple design) - if the design is difficult, it will take more time to knit.

minimum price list of woolen products (simple design)

Muffler: $ 6.00
Jumper/Sweater: $ 20.00
Caps with ear: $ 5.00
Gloves: $ 2.00
Socks: $ 4.00

The price may vary as per size, design and patterns.

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Hello
Is there anyway we can see some pictures of the knitted garments OR pictures of the wool and the colours? This would be helpful for anyone who is able to source buyers and a sample of garments would be useful to test the market place.
Carolyn

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Hi Carolyn,
Brilliant idea! I'm sure Sabina can arrange that :) we can put them in the Local News/Photo Section and also here.
What do you think about taking on this task, Carolyn?
Best, Angelika

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Dear Carolyn,

Please find attached some picture of woolen products which is currently knitting by women saved in pdf file.These products we are using for local tourist areas.

regards
Sabina

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They look really nice :) Thanks for putting the pictures together, Sabina!

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Hi Sabina, thanks again for posting those photo's. It is great to be able to see the colours and designs and it will certainly help us all with finding markets for them. Just wondering if there have been any further developments wiht new orders? Also- any feedback on how well the garments are being received by the tourists? Are some garments more popular than others?
Many thanks
Carolyn

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Hi Carolyn,

Well , till now we have no order except 500 pcs which was first order. As this is our first
order we do not have any feedback till now. We do not sell directly to the tourist.
We deliver in local shop in tourist area.We are trying to find more orders locally too.
In local market , these products get very low cost and hardly make some profit.
So this is very discourasing.It is just starting so we have accepted even in low profit.
Hoping that it will be fruitful in coming days.

There are also felt products/pashminas which are very popular but no ideas on production.
Ya instead of wool , people also use cotton thread/Hem/Alo , to make the garments like woolen garments.
We have not used these materials.

Hope these are useful information.

regars
Sabina

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Greetings from Sydney everyone,
I have started some research into possible trade opportunities and finding a market for the knitted garments.
Sabina- I have investigated some organisations within Nepal who would be a good starting point for us. (I think trying to find a random buyer somewhere in the world is going to be difficult and long process.) Perhaps you already know of all of them- but ifyou don't, some of them are based in Kathmandu and could be worth a visit or telephone call. It would be better to tap into an existing network where other businesses are aleady getting good trade links.
I would be interested in your comments Sabine (and anyone else) before I broaden my investigations. The document attached is a summary of what I have found.
Best regards, Carolyn

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Dear Carolyn,
Thanks so much for your research :) Did you see that the initial buyer ordered more and inspired another buyer also to make an order with the women? Wonderful news!
Best, Angelika

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Dear angelika and sabina,
I wonder whether it would be possible to set up a web-shop,in order to sell the knitting products. I do not know wheter there is a computer with internet-facilities. Otherwise, there maybe nabuurs willing to buy articles and sell them in their own country. I suppose they will be able to tell what products will sell in their country. Of course, you have the shippings costs then...

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Hi Tineke,
Sounds like a great idea - I don't know however how it looks like with shipments from Nepal, customs issues, etc.
That would be up to Sabina to find out: procedures and costs.

It might be a lot of work and someone would have to take responsibility for it in Yoshinkhel. I don't know if anyone in the community would be interested in taking on this job - I'm pretty sure we would be able to find neighbours who could set up the webshop and a volunteer to train someone in Yoshinkhel on how to work it on the ground.

Sabina, what do you think about the idea?
Anyone have any experience in this? I'm sure there are other examples on Nabuur for similar online shops or setting up of them - maybe someone could research?
Best, Angelika

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Good Day to Everyone!
I am new here, this is my first contribution to this village.
Let me start with my suggestions.
First of all, we need to look in designs of woolen products.
The designs made, are good to be sold :
a)to tourists
b)to be exported to countries where Nepali people migrated
c)to be sold online ( Here I would strongly suggest to open e-bay account, set up your own online shop, promote both of them via internet so people will support your village by buying those hand made products all over the world, and keep them like suvenirs of their charity to show friends, which will promote the movement of support your village.)
I would suggest you to add new designs, which will target different market. I would suggest you to knit baby/toddlers clothing and all sizes of socks. Just plain colors. Those designs will be welcomed in other countries, especially in those where winters exist. With such designs of plain colours you can only find importer in any country and he will not have any problems to distribute it among shops, as it will be not a product for specific buyer, but a common product for common buyer. Please, think of it.
Can you, please, set up an account on e-bay and put your product's pictures there and give all us a link to your product on e-bay, so we will promote it?
Please, when you will be doing so, do not forget in description of a product write about your village and who did this knitting and why you want to sell it and what for you will use the money. It is very important. On e-bay there is betting. People may start to bet to get your product, for charity reason.

I would like you to look into a websites:
http://www.dailyknitter.com/patterns.html
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/allpatterns.htm
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/free_patterns/
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/
Best Regards, Olina

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Hi all- Olina the e-bay suggestion is a good one that we could pursue once we have a range of designs and garments to show off!
There are however already many sites set up across the internet where people can showcase their goods and others such as shop owners or marketers can purchase them. I have already come across a number of them in the UK, USA and Canada. We would need to investigate the best ways to promote the Yoshinkel garments, and I agree that more contemporary designs would increase interest in buyers. There may an advertising costs associated with these websites- but this could be a small amount and something which us Neighbours could raise funds for.

The document I attached (see a few comments below)with the Nepalese trade links also offer opportunities to showcase the Yoshinkel garments. We can pursue these as well. They are also well versed in trade deals with Nepalese manufacturers.

My main concern however is who in Yoshinkel will coordinate international orders? Someone needs to be responsible for addressing enquiries from international buyers, processing the orders, alerting the women of new orders, organising the shipment of garments etc. Again, on one of the Nepal Trade links I researched, has a very good Q&A on doing trade with Nepal and all the rules and regulations. So the good news is that we don't need to re-invent the wheel! Sabina- I don't know if you have already done this or not- but I would recommend a couple of meetings with these trade organisations to discuss the business side of our project.

I'm so excited that we are moving this forward and it's great to see some new faces in Yoshinkel too.

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Dear Carolyn, Olina ,Tineke and Angelika,

I am very very sorry that I could not take part actively in this discussion. I am so busy and working very hard to meet the deadline of the orders from Local exporter. Bringing material, collecting design , patterns and checking and delivery to the buyers. Currently we are using the color and patterns as demanded by local market . They also export but where I don't know. The new buyers also put some orders about 300 pcs. They have asked us for some unique products.

The links which provided by Olina are really great. I got lots of ideas and gain some knowledge of color, pattern which are used internationally and the women have started to knit according to the picture and patterns as sample piece which we get from website. The beginning was baby socks . so cute socks, women have knitted. I will put photos very soon. With this I am more confident that women can knit any patterns and design as instructed.

What about developing seperate website for knitting for promoting purpose? Any suggestions.

Regarding shipping from Nepal , I have full knowledge of rules ,how to export. We need to find someone who could take responsible for international orders.

Thanking you all.

Best regards
Sabina

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Namaste Neighbors,

I am working on a project in Kenya and the village is raising money on giveline.com. According to their experience Giveline offers an free, easy, and instant way for charities, schools, and other non-profit organizations to raise funds. Unfortunately the web site is not accessible from outside the US (or at least not from China). Is anybody assisting with the project from the US? Would you please check out if Giveline is a feasible way to raise money and awareness for our project?

Thank you

Tanja

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Another opportunity to sell the woolen products may be the auctions on Overstock.com. I have contacted the site to learn more about their policy and requirements.

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