The name Lily’s Leaves arose originally out of the wish to focus on forest products, e.g. making disposable plates from leaves and using natural fibres to produce woven products and cloth. But Lily and Hashana will be considering a wide range of possibilities, including essential oils and bee products. They will be researching these options and networking opportunities through field visits to south Nepal over a three-month period from November. But before then, they will be setting up their workshop and girls’ hostel in Kathmandu valley (premises already identified!) so that there will be no break in training in both tailoring and jewellery. Both of the former CC-N lead trainers in these activities will be joining Lily’s Leaves.
Already, British silversmith Felicity Denby, introduced to us by our U.S. partner Her Future Coalition, is working on new jewellery designs for 2021. And this week we were very pleased to receive our first fashion design inputs for the tailoring activity from Brenda Sheil and Molly Board of UK charity Fashion with Heart Creations. Brenda has a wealth of experience within the region, including setting up a tailoring production centre in Bangalore called Jacob’s Well. Brenda and Molly are excited to do the same for Lily and Hashana in Kathmandu.
ChoraChori will be providing start-up funding and core support for the first three years and until Lily’s Leaves can become self-sustaining. We look forward to offering Lily’s Leaves products to our supporters in 2021 and wish these two inspirational women every success in their new venture.