Category Archives: Nepal

Maoists Look Set to Win Nepali Elections

I’m not sure how a party that takes the name of arguably the biggest mass murderer of the 20th century gets elected. To me it sounds like calling your party the hitlerists or similar.

Anyway, they are likely to take control of Nepal. Hopefully their policy’s are not like those of Mao. But I am worried that they are based on his ideas, and them being in power will spell disaster for Nepal.

Thanks to our customers for the donations


Just before I started Mypashmina and dealing with cashmere and pashminas, I spent 6 months in Nepal. I came accross a really good charity that helps to keep kids in school. They do some really good work in a direct and efficient way (no toyota land cruisers, hotel confernces and all that crap). Please see www.namastebanepa.com to find out more.

So since the beginning, we have had links on the checkout pages of our websites – mypashmina.co.uk and hammockheaven.co.uk giving customers the chance to donate.

Between February 7th last year and February 11th this year our lovely customers have donated £1589. Nine generous donations were for £50 , so as promised, I will also give £50 for each one of those.

This means the total heading for Namaste Banepa today is £1996.15 ($3878.05) .

This is about 30% less than last year which is a bit depressing. But on a positive note it is enough to pay for the books, clothes and other costs neccessary to keep 25 children in school for a year.

If you are interested to help, please see www.namastebanepa.com where you will also find a video.

Nepal Strike and Corruption


Well, Kathmandu is completely shut down again. There is a general strike and people are out protesting about the rise in the price of petrol.

It was 67 rupees and is now 80 rupees .. (about 60p up to 75p) , a big deal when a typical monthly flat rental is about 800 rupees.

This must be very frustrating for the people of a country which has enough Hydro-Power to provide electricity to India , and become as rich as some of the middle east states on the back of this.

On another level , it means that our incoming shipment of cashmere for mypashmina.co.uk is delayed by 3 or 4 days, a few customers will get probably get grumpy about this and of course in a small part it harms our business and the lively hood of the workers in the factory in Kathmandu.

the root cause .. corruption and greed .

New Stripey Cashmere Scarves


Mypashmina.co.uk
has now made available these stylish pure cashmere scarves.

Only £44.50 with free delivery which represents excellent value.

All the pure cashmere items are hand made in Nepal, and the production facility in Kathmandu now employs over 60 people.

Cashmere is one of Nepals few successful exports and is important for the Nepalese economy.