We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Carney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In 2012, when I was living the dream of traveling the world, I was in the small town of Pokhara, Nepal when I discovered the Women’s Skill Development Organization (WSDO). Since their inception over forty years ago, the WSDO has affected the lives of thousands of artisans.
The WSDO is a non-profit organization born out of Nepal’s rich heritage of traditional handicrafts. Started in 1975, the WSDO specializes in handwoven cotton products. It is a completely self-sufficient organization with a purpose, providing handicraft related training and skills to underprivileged women so they may become self-reliant. Many of these women come from rural villages and have been widowed, divorced, handicapped, abused, or estranged from their families and communities. WSDO provides training in various areas of handicraft production such as dying, weaving, material cutting, sewing, and even business management. It is with these skills that these women and their children may create a better quality of life for themselves.
We immediately fell in love with the WSDO, and their cause, and Handwoven with Love began to take shape. Beginning with this one women’s organization in Nepal, Handwoven with Love has grown to showcase many different fair trade organizations for you to love and offers an array of ways for you to support artisans across the globe.
Handwoven with Love strives to promote the careers, well-being, education, and financial stability of artisans from all over the world by bringing their handmade goods to the market.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Handwoven with Love we are invested in creating an awareness for ways to support our global artisan partners by bringing their handmade products to the global market. We are devoted to supporting and empowering our artisan partners one purchase at a time.
Each product is made with care and love from conception, to dye, to stitch, to your loving home.
With your support, Handwoven with Love can continue to establish financial independence for our global artisan partners. And you can feel wonderful knowing that your purchase is not only supporting an artisan and their future, but also emboldening an eco-friendly purpose with each and every purchase.