In April 2015, the beautiful people of Nepal had their world shattered by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Over 8,000,000 were affected. Some died or lost loved ones, others had homes and livelihoods destroyed.
Here in my safe and peaceful home in Australia, I saw footage of the aftermath of the earthquake and couldn't stop thinking about it. I knew I wanted to help. I gave some money to charities for the recovery effort, but I wanted to do more, something that had a lasting impact, and something that would keep giving after all the donations had dried up.
I've always believed that we rise by lifting others. So, I decided to start Chausie as a way of empowering the women of Nepal, giving them the means to support their families and rebuild their lives, using their traditional skills to do so.
Working in fair conditions with fair pay means these artisans can honour their talents, make a living for themselves and their families, and avoid falling into other work that thrives on injustice, such as human trafficking, a reality for many in Nepal.
I believe that women helping other women is it's own reward. The delight of that little flash of colour on your wrist catching your eye as you go about your day is only bettered by the feeling that you're making a real difference.
When women work together, we improve the lives of all of us. It's not just the women of Nepal, but women all over the world that can be apart of the drive for change. Together, we can build an international community against exploitation, and for altruism. Together, women are a force to be reckoned with and will change the world.
Thank you for helping bring a little more colour and a lot more compassion to the world!
Love and Light
'Behind every successful women is a tribe of other women who have her back'