Sana Hastakala

Sana Hastakala, which means "small handicraft" in Nepali, is a nongovernmental, nonprofit export organization based in Kathmandu. Sana Hastakala works to preserve the rich artistic skill and traditions of Nepali artisans, and provides additional training and marketing assistance to artisans. Eighty percent of the artisans are women; most artisans are uneducated. Sana Hastakala strives to increase its export sales so that additional disadvantaged artisans can improve their economic and social conditions. Profit from sales is used for producer development programs, staff welfare and organizational strengthening.


Sana Hastakala was established in 1989 as a retail shop to help market the handicrafts of producers, mainly women operating on a small scale, usually from their homes. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Sana Hastakala since 2001.


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Climbing Higher

Hard work and ingenuity have paid off for Everest Pottery, a workshop of artisan group Sana Hastakala based in Kathmandu, Nepal. New innovations with molds, strong design skills and excellent quality control have led to exciting new products from Everest, resulting in increased orders from Ten Thousand Villages.



Everest Pottery founder Shiva Shanker Prajapati has learned pottery making since he was a child: “My forefathers were potters, and making pottery was our tradition,” he described. While he was born into working with clay, Prajapati eventually tired of the craft, and decided to try other pursuits. “I tried to do other work such as cloth weaving and incense making,” he said. However, through some “convincing” training, he once again became excited about pottery and decided to come back to it.



“Clay equals God to me,” said Prajapati, explaining how he has made his life from it. His wife also works with clay, and helps him a great deal.



Prajapati is optimistic about the future of Everest Pottery. “In the past there were fewer resources, less developed technology and fewer markets,” he said. “Now everything is increasing. We now have new techniques for improving quality, and the market is also expanding.”



Prajapati has also experienced great benefits in his own life and the life of his family thanks to improved business at Everest Pottery. “It is a prestigious job, and I enjoy it. My financial status has also gone up, and with this I can support my family and provide them with necessities,” he related. “Overall my living standard has improved; I take this as a reward for my hardship.”

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