Meet the Artisans
Demographic of Artisans: Extreme Poverty
Local Women's Handicrafts is on mission to lift up marginalized and exploited women; to give them opportunity, skills, and a sense of dignity; and to spread our model of empowerment across the world.
LWH was started by Nasreen Sheikh as a small shop in Kathmandu, Nepal. At only the age of 16, Nasreen had already survived two years as a child laborer in a sweatshop. She opened LWH to take control of her own destiny and provide herself with hope she had never had.
At the shop, Nasreen began to train local women to make handcrafted textiles they could sell at her shop. As she saw the women gain confidence and light return to their eyes, she realized she had the opportunity to spread this work across the world and empower disadvantaged women everywhere.
Through the LWH entrepreneurial empowerment model, we aim to empower 10,000 women in the world’s poorest regions by 2025 and create a textile industry that honors sustainability, human rights, and dignity.