Sonam Karna, Dhanusha
My participation to the exhibition has been truly fruitful to introduce traditional Mithila arts and crafts to the potential buyers in Kathmandu.
I am here in the capital city to showcase craft products made by my organization Janaki Utpadan Samudayik Sanstha, a producer group (PG) comprising of 27 women members. We have various products with us including Mithila paintings, sikki grass products such as pen holder, cup mat, basket, mirror works, among others.
Our group is supported by Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF), Nepal through a special programme to support the rural artisans.
Here in the exhibition, I met many buyers along with artisans and handicraft entrepreneurs from Kathmandu and other districts. This is a rare opportunity for us, something we had long looked forward to. It has given me a new exposure, a new creative bent and boosted my level of confidence.
We have already sold some of our products. Most importantly, we received orders for tea cup mats from a Kathmandu based wholesaler.
This all has been possible through the support of PAF, which has trained us [Mithila women] to enhance our traditional skills and link our products to the market. This support has helped us to increase our income and improve our living standards.
(Sonam is one of the participants of the 14th edition of Handicraft Trade Fair, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu. Organized by Federation of Handicraft Associations of Nepal (Fhan) in association with the Commerce Ministry and Trade and Export Promotion Centre, a five-day expo had kicked off in the capital on November 25)