Sadle Traders have been a long standing partner of Ganesh Himal Trading (GHT) and employs many individuals from a vast array of disadvantaged groups spread throughout the Kathmandu Valley. Women, paraplegics, and citizens of all castes, many of whom are seldom given the opportunity to work for a fair and livable wage are, at Sadle, given a chance to do so in a healthy, safe, and encouraging environment. Sadle Traders is a key piece of the Nepalese Fair Trade network, employing 46 individuals and distributing to hundreds of stores worldwide.
Many of those who work at Sadle are recent immigrants from the surrounding villages of Borlang and Ghat Besi in the Gorkha district of Nepal and as such, many have family which lost their lives, houses, possessions and/or livestock during the devastating earthquake that took place on April 25th. In Ghat Besi alone, 140 out of a total 145 homes were destroyed.
In the immediate wake of the earthquake, Sadle manager, A.D. Aryal, began organizing relief for these villages. This relief included shelters, food, mosquito netting, and sheets of tin. GHT wired them an initial $2,500 on Sunday, May 3rd (this being the earliest they could safely wire funds to Nepal) to provide Aryal and others taking part in the Borlang and Ghat Besi relief project with the funds necessary to distribute sufficient aid.
With the help of GHT and the staff at CCF, supplies and shelters were being distributed by Sadle staff to Borlang and Ghat Besi within 10 days of the earthquake, which is several weeks before any other major aid organizations would even step foot in them!
As GHT is slowly phased out of this project, CCF will continue to monitor the status and needs of the Sadle project, providing relief as they require.