The beginning of a friendship
What to do in Kathmandu? An unbelievably diverse city with history, tradition and a truly lively hustle and bustle on the streets. Even after several trips to Nepal, the country continues to inspire us and enchants us each time. Here we met our friend Rajan and his brother Ramesh. Ramesh runs a cargo company and is chairman of an NGO. 30% of his profit goes directly to the help and support of the non-profit organization. The older brother Rajan runs a small factory in the heart of Kathmandu, where he produces alternative clothes that are particularly popular on the streets of the touristic district Thamel. From the very beginning it became clear to us that this is more than just a business relationship. We are proud and happy to call Rajan our friend and have already enjoyed numerous evenings as guests with his family.
What we like about Rajan
Rajan is an enthusiastic and loving person who puts the well-being of his family and employees in the foreground and takes care of keeping the business running and expanding every day. Even if not everything in Nepal meets our standards, Rajan was prepared from day one to invest in a better workplace for his employees and to convert the factory piece by piece. Nice four-eyed discussions with the employees brought us many ideas. virblatt supports this process with financial means and so, for example, the factory premises were provided with PVC floors, light-flooded rooms were created and the sanitary facilities for the employees were refurbished. The foundation for a harmonious working atmosphere was laid. In addition, we were able to provide direct help for the families of his employees after the last major earthquake. With a donation 3 houses were repaired and rice was made available in the days after the earthquake. It gives us great pleasure to be able to give something back to this country and its generous and loving people.
Formation of the company
Rajan had initially worked in a clothing factory and it soon became clear to him that he could do it better himself. He founded his own company and rented premises for production in Kathmandu. Today, about 18 fairly remunerated employees work there. Here, too, we are making every effort to play our part. Many employees need an advance before the festival weeks in October, which is hard for Rajan to handle alone. virblatt is happy to help out in this respect and we deliberately do without long payment terms in order to maintain his company’s cash flow and thus help to secure the livelihood of his employees.
What Rajan is particularly good at
From the sample process to the final completion of the products, everything takes place at our premises. Only the dyed fabrics are purchased from another company. We have completely converted our materials to AZO free tested materials in order to guarantee a high quality and skin friendliness of the materials. Rajan puts a lot of effort into creating new designs and implementing our ideas. When comparing Rajan with our Thai producers, the accuracy of the implementation should be emphasized. You might think there’s nothing he can’t do. In the meantime, we have managed to focus not on speed, but on quality. The work processes have been restructured and he employs a team specializing in the creation of virblatt alternative clothing and ethnic clothing. Rajan produces virblatt harem pants, hoodies and jackets for men and women, which were designed and conceived in close cooperation with him and his employees.
The reconstruction of his factory is a continuous process which we would like to accompany with verve and the necessary support. Initially there is a lot of work to be done, but now we realize that small continuous steps can make a difference in Nepal. Three important goals for the medium-term future are on the agenda:
- The continuous improvement of the workplace and the lives of employees and their families
- High quality and sustainable materials
- The production of fair and clean products
We pursue these goals during our trips and visits to Nepal, which usually take place every three months. We want to keep you updated about this process and to give you an insight about where your product comes from!
think about it.