A Global Village
Elevation Trade was born out of the idea that we are all connected, a global village. And no one group of people can consider themselves successful, if another group is suffering. We are all in this together. Without needed change, poverty, illness and deprivation will continue to adversely affect the lives of Nepali people, especially women, children and the socially disenfranchised.
We have enjoyed a very close and rewarding relationship with the Nepali people since our first visit in 1976. Since the launch of Elevation Trade in 2011, we have seen and shared first hand in the suffering and setbacks which economic necessity (and natural disasters) imparts to individuals, and we have witnessed how our personal and business relationships with our Nepali artisans has improved standards of living and provided economic independence.
The question I get asked the most often is “Why Nepal?” I imagine the idea of traveling to the other side of the planet on a 32-hour plane ride while navigating foreign languages and customs to manufacture a line of clothing, might lack appeal or appear off-putting to some. But for me, flying to Nepal feels like going home.
Proudly Promoting Fair Trade
We continue our commitment to the artisans and craft-people we have met over the years, and more recently we have encouraged innovations in the “Green” movement and sustainable practices. We are truly humbled by the outstanding efforts these kindly global villagers have made to help rescue our shared planet on which they themselves have had very little negative environmental impact.
Our connection to Nepal and the global village runs deep. Read more about their journey in this terrific article from the Oregonian, "Couple whose photograph symbolized 1970s counterculture hold tight to their ideals."