Women’s Skills Development Organization (WSDO) is a fair trade organization. We have been working since 1975 as a non-profit organization and income-generating program for economically disadvantaged, disabled, abused, widowed, divorced, single and outcast women from rural Nepal. We were officially registered in the District Administration Office (Kaski) in 1994.
After arriving at WSDO, the women are provided training on material cutting, sewing, weaving, dyeing, business management and various other skills relevant for handicraft production. Every year WSDO gives performance rewards to one woman in each department who has excelled in both the quality and quantity of her work. There is also a cooperative saving and credit program, where the women can save money for the future and can obtain a loan with nominal interest. For the senior teachers, WSDO has a savings program where they can deposit 10% of their monthly earnings in an interest-bearing account. WSDO also provides its workers with a clothing allowance, 60 days paid maternity leave, emergency allowance, free health checkups, education on social issues and the environment, English language training, educational excursions and education scholarships for children.