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 with the assistance of UNICEF, initially as a retail shop, becoming self–sufficient one year later. Its objective was to help market the handicrafts of producers, mainly women operating on a small scale, usually from their homes. Sana Hastakala has since expanded its connections with producers in rural areas, often working through international and local nongovernmental organizations. It became a full member of IFAT, the International Fair Trade Association, in 2003. It is a founding member of Fair Trade Group Nepal (FTG), which started in 1993.
Ten Thousand Villages purchases ceramics, scarves, bags and other products from Sana Hastakala. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Sana Hastakala since 2001.
- Artisan Products