What is the Macrame Training project?
The Macrame Training Project provides training in macrame to five survivors of acid and burns violence in Kathmandu, Nepal. Macrame is a form of hand made textile craft produced by knotting techniques using strings/cords made up of cotton, linen, jute, or other yarns. The macrame crafts vary according to knotting techniques and include decoratives, most notably pot hangers, wall hangers, plant hangers, and garlands. Jewelry such as necklaces and earrings are also made using macrame as well. For this project, we will be providing funds for ASTITWA Nepal to hire a professional trainer, buy training materials, and provide transportation to a group of acid and burn survivors to learn macrame.
Which partner center is this project with?
This Macrame Project is being conducted with Astitwa Nepal, our partner center in Nepal.
How many survivors will benefit?
How will this project benefit acid attack survivors? Why is funding this project important?
In Nepal, the handmade craft industry is in high demand, as these products are highly coveted by natives in Nepal because they represent social, cultural, and historical traditions. In addition, these handmade products are also a popular purchase of foreigners and tourists that visit the area. Macrame products have recently risen in the market and generate a sizable amount of profit. By learning macrame, survivors will be able to produce these crafts and sell them in the market, thereby generating income for themselves and their families.
In addition, skills based trainings, such as the Macrame Training Project, are a pivotal part of Astitwa Nepal’s organization and they help to empower survivors to learn advanced skills and become self-sustainable. Macrame can also serve as a therapeutic exercise for survivors, as it requires one’s full attention and mindfulness of repetitive weaving movements. This can contribute to mental relaxation and lessen the stress and anxiety that survivors often feel. Macrame is also a form of artistic expression and may allow them to explore their identity and rebuild their sense of self.
How does this program fit within your mission?
We have chosen this project so that we can (1) support survivors of acid and burns violence in Nepal and (2) activate the potential of individuals in our community to provide meaningful solutions. By providing microloans to survivors, we help them provide for themselves financially. By putting students in charge of the fundraising process, we give them the ability to learn about nonprofit management, work with international partners, and realize their potential as human rights activists.
How will you measure outcomes?
We will create an impact report to be filled out by ASTITWA Nepal. We will measure whether these training sessions were effective in enhancing the survivors’ skills, their creation of products, and their overall profit generated through selling in Nepal’s local market.