Unnati is an initiative of Chaudhary Foundation catering towards sustainable prosperity through various livelihood program. Unnati is focused on women development and their empowerment through livelihood programs such as art, craft, tradition, and culture. Unnati’s philosophy of revival and survival of national heritage, through forms of crafts, dance, music, food, language, habitat and essentially encompassing the philosophy of life by which civilizations once thrived in culture and traditions. The essence being to bring the lost and found, old and new back into our everyday life and engagement and its mechanization with livelihood project is something that Unnati has been accomplishing.
In February 2018, Unnati opened its first outlet named Unnati Bazaar at Shashwat Dham, a place for the spiritual traveler at the scenic locale of Devchuli and Bartulis hills of Nawalparasi. Unnati Bazaar is proud to present a multifarious product sourced from the Himalayan Range rich in craft and traditional techniques that form an integral part of the livelihood of its region, biodiversity, and cultural heritage. The purity of material and painstaking processes is what makes them so special, unique and beautiful. Every product tells a story of a region, indigenous materials, and skills that have been safeguarded and handed down from centuries-old practices.
Whilst every region of Nepal boasts its own rich natural abundance, each entrepreneur Unnati partner with offers expertise in its own unique form of basketry. Weaving, dyeing and grass-rolling techniques differ across the regions as much as basket shapes, patterns, and structures. These precious handmade crafts are woven through the generations within families and hence passed along the continuous thread from mother to daughter – protecting and preserving an art form. Thus Unnati is fulfilling its objective to create a sustainable market demand for rural artisans and craftsmen through the platform of Unnati Bazar.
This project supports SDGs:
Where to find Unnati crafts and products
Meet some of our artisans
Sonam Karna, Mithila Artist
In 2018, Sonam partnered with Chaudhary Foundation to create the Mithila painting outside of Shashwat Dham’s Unnati outlets, which led her to an opportunity to paint the World bank’s walls as well. Here is her story: