With an unemployment rate of 46% poverty levels reaching nearly 50% in some areas, Nepal is among the least developed countries in the world. The hand-knotted carpet sector is one of the top export industries in the country and a leading national job creator with over 100,000 artisan weavers, and thousands of other workers involved in ancillary activities such as finishing and wool spinning. Yet, despite high nationwide unemployment, the carpet industry is facing an acute worker shortage — over 20,000 vacant positions — due in large part to a lack of trained workers.
With nearly 20 years’ experience in Nepal, GoodWeave is poised to equip thousands impoverished workers with the skills necessary to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. With a rigorous selection process that targets the poorest households, and a proven training methodology built on industry priorities, GoodWeave has designed a program to provide 250 workers with the training and placement services required to rise above a life of meager subsistence to live with dignity and confidence.
GoodWeave’s unique position as a labor rights organization that is simultaneously a trusted collaborator within the business community lays the groundwork that makes this project well-poised for success.