Rekha Karki is a Master Knitter at Himalayan Naari. She has a unique skill in being able to create our new product samples. In addition to product development, Rekha trains the other Naari artisans in knitting new items.
Rekha is a native of the Chakouri region. She has raised her family in Chakouri and sends her two children to the Himalayan InterCollege.
Situated at the border where India meets Tibet and Nepal, Darma valley is dotted with high altitude Trans Himalayan pastures. Every summer shepherds take their flocks to these grass lands. The wool obtained from the sheep is highly valued in the local markets as its the best in quality and clothes made from this wool are much in demand.
Deepa Koranga is another founding member of Himalayan Naari. As the mother of energetic twin boys, she has been renting a room in Chakouri so they can attend school. Deepa herself has an 8th grade education and has high hopes for her own sons. In talking about her own ambitions, Deepa commented, “At Himalayan Naari we work cooperatively together. I have learned new knitting stitches and some computer skills. Himalayan Naari has given me self-determination and economic independence.”
In describing the impact of Himalayan Naari on her life, Deepa Gaira reported, “From Himalayan Naari, we have learned how to work cooperatively and find inspiration in other women…we are now self-confident ladies who have learned many new things.” As a mother of two children, living in a rented room in Chakouri so that her children can get a good education, Deepa is very invested in improving her family situation. As a master knitter, she has created many exquisite products including intricate shawls and couch throws.
As one of the co-leaders for the shipping team, Geeta’s is responsible for the final dispatch of Naari items to the US. Geeta prepares the invoice and inventory forms which are vital for the payment of Naari artisans and the tracking of items. She also assists in checking quality check and preparing items for shipment. Geeta is a skilled seamstress, as well as knitter. She has a Master’s degree in Home Science.