It seems to me that lately, every time I turn on the news, I’m confronted by stories of hurricanes and floods, earthquakes and … Such natural catastrophes bring about destruction and hardship for thousands if not millions of people. Takes years to overcome.
But among the images of destruction there are also stories of people coming together, individuals and projects attempting to help. One such company was founded following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015: Planet Local.
Raju Gurung, one of the founders who himself has been born and grown up in Nepal, explains:
We are on a bold mission to provide a meaningful platform for small but amazing artisans from developing countries, to empower women through skill development and to help them build a better future for their families.
We are a young startup focusing on empowering local artisans in developing countries like Nepal by showcasing their unique handmade jewellery, accessories and decor products crafted with love. We give buyers the opportunity to experience a taste of authenticity and craftsmanship while at the same time making meaningful impact on the lives of our artisans and their children’s future.
How is it different from others:
“Our products are carefully selected and ethically sourced. We’re addressing the UN sustainable development goals on inclusive development and equality by taking an approach to create opportunity by connecting them to conscious buyers in the west. We are more than an e-commerce platform; we are on a bold mission to provide a meaningful platform for small but amazing artisans from developing countries, to empower women through skill development and to help them build a better future for their families. Thus with every purchase you make, comes a lasting impact on their lives. At the same time you can own something truly unique as no 2 pieces of the same product are identical. Furthermore, for the ease of customers, we’ve located our logistical storage in Hong Kong to offer seamless shipping experience as compared to other vendors who ship them from Nepal and often have troubles with lost or failed shipments.”
PLANETLOCAL brings you the treasure trove of unique jewellery, accessories, decor crafts and spiritual products handcrafted by local artisans from developing countries like Nepal. We are bringing you the very best through careful selection and ethical sourcing of our products. Each of the products have been genuinely crafted with the aid of several local designers and craftsmen who play key role in various stages of product development. We have based ourselves in Hong Kong precisely to make sure you get the products in good shape and in right time.
You may think- what does a small developing country like Nepal have to offer? When we started eight years ago, we thought the same. But in April 2015 a devastating earthquake struck Nepal and everything changed. What began as an attempt to help the arts and crafts community recover from the disaster became something much greater. We the founders- Raju and Irma developed a bold vision for the sustainable future of handcrafted objects that blend traditional materials and techniques with the stories in lives that are woven into them.
We are more than an e-commerce platform; we are on a bold mission to provide a meaningful platform for amazing artisans from developing countries worldwide, to empower women through skill development and to help them build a better future for their families. Thus with every purchase you make, comes a lasting impact on their lives. At the same time you can own something truly unique as no 2 pieces of the same product are identical. So please bear in mind that due to the handmade nature of all our products there may be very slight differences in colour or appearance between each piece.
The necklaces are made by Ujeli, Himala and Hira at a small workshop we work closely with. There are two other ladies who also support. It’s a difficult work as you’ll see how difficult it is to put every beads by hand one by one as shown in some of the videos in this google drive folder. They experiment with different medium and come up with designs themselves (eg. Necklaces 5-6: https://planetlocal.co/
but sometimes we also help create new designs working with artisans such Shakil and his friends Necklaces1-4.
Necklace 1&2- https://planetlocal.co/
Necklace 3&4- https://planetlocal.co/
We work with a group of artisans who do woodwork. They draw inspirations from Tibetan philosophy and make beautiful paintings on our collection of incense holders.
I hope this information helps. All the product images have a maximum dimension of 1000px on either side. For the big image, I’ve uploaded two. If you can detail your requirement, I can try to search for the right image. Let me know if you need anything else. Have a great week! 😀
Other blog: https://planetlocal.co/blogs/news/story-behind-the-startup