Sunavworld, LLC is an Atlanta-based social enterprise, formally registered in 2013 with the mission of promoting sustainable, fairly-traded local and global gifts for the socioeconomic empowerment of artists and artisans, especially women.
Sunavworld products are high quality, traditional, art-based gifts and are made out of natural, sustainable, raw materials. These products are a great addition to your wardrobe, home décor, kids' collection, and soul.
Sunavworld is working with various fair trade micro-enterprises in Nepal and is supporting employment to hundreds of artisans. However, Sunavworld mainly works directly with artists and artisans from three grassroots organizations. All of them are promoting social justice through women’s economic empowerment.
Women’s Skills Development Organization
This organization provides training to women from rural villages in weaving and sewing. They weave traditional knotted fabric by hand and make beautiful, contemporary, fashionable bags, pencil cases, dolls, home décors, etc. The organization even helps women setup looms in their homes so that they do not have to walk for miles to get to the city center everyday to work.
Women’s Foundation of Nepal
The women in this shelter are displaced due to gender base violence and gender inequity. These women are trained in traditional weaving patterns and are paid fare wages during training and weaving. They craft handwoven and hand-dyed exclusive and "Dhaka" scarves. After selling the products, 50% of the profit goes to maintain the shelter and 50% of the profit is distributed among the weavers.
Janakpur Women's Development Center
These indigenous "mithila" arts and crafts depict the women's daily lives and cultures in colorful paintings that are sure to compliment the décor of your dwelling.
Sunavworld introduced Kantipur products to the U.S. in 2014. The products are made with three layers of the finest muslin and bound together with either bias tape or rik rak at the edges. Nepalese babies, kids, and adults have been using this product since the 19th century. Sunavworld is working with a few Bhutanese refugee women in Atlanta to make these products.