We started a factory in Kathmandu to maximise our social-economic impact in one of the poorest countries in the world. The following numbers offer an insight in the challenging circumstances:
+ Approximately. 25% of the Nepali population, over 7 million people (!), live below the poverty line.
+ Approximately 35% of the children in Nepal are employed. In our factory we only work with adult employees and we select suppliers that do the same.
+ There are no to very poor facilities such as water, electricity and sanitation. Depending on the season, a running factory will have access to electricity for only approximately six hours a day.
To compound the situation, the earthquakes in April and May 2015 worsened the situation and hit the Nepali population hard. Over 7,500 people were killed and 14,000 injured. With our foundation studiojux.org we collected 50,000 euros we used to help our employees, their families, neighbours, suppliers and other people in the community. Even though we managed to offer hundreds of people our support, as a result of the earthquakes GNP (gross national product) decreased around 40% and the amount of people living below the poverty line increased by 3%. As such, the Nepali community and textile industry can definitely benefit from the extra work and income more than ever.