A US non-profit organization raised funds to build the Cashmere Craft Center in Panong and provided training for the village women to learn how to spin cashmere for the Western market. The eco-built facility enables them not only to earn income by creating handspun cashmere, but also provides a safe space where their children can come and play. For all too long the cashmere herders in this remote area of the Himalayas have been forced to sell the raw material for a fraction of the true market value. Now with their earnings they will be able to send their children to school and buy household items that ease some of the challenges of living in the harsh conditions at 15,000 feet. The wheels will be manufactured in the US and provided at cost by the manufacturer.
Associated Organization: Keep The Fleece.