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Children's Stories

Eleven-year-old Purnima was born in a Kathmandu factory where her parents worked as carpet weavers. She and her two younger brothers knew nothing about the outside world, but only the pain that came from her alcoholic fathers’ drunken rages and the hunger endured from barely eating two meals a day – all her mother’s insufficient salary could afford. In Purnima’s world, carpet weaving was a daily routine until June 29, 2010 when a GoodWeave Nepal inspector discovered her.

Click here to read more about Purnima and other former child weavers rescued by GoodWeave.

Spotlight On Importers/Designers

Salman Khan and Kerry Smith

In 2001, while working and studying in Kathmandu, Salman Khan and Kerry Smith envisioned an approach to carpet-making based on the desire of customers for freedom of expression in designing their living and working environments. They named their venture Lapchi―Tibetan for "abode of creative energy"―and partnered with the GoodWeave® rug certification program to assure clients that their highly customized designs are accompanied by the best labor practices.

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Industry Spotlight

  • LapchiPortland, Oregon
  • Stephanie Odegard CollectionNew York, New York
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Press Release, GoodWeave Founder Wins Nobel Peace Prize, October 10, 2014

ABC News, A Look at Nobel Peace Winner Kailash Satyarthi, October 10, 2014

The New Yorker, A Fitting Nobel for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, Amy Davidson, October 10, 2014

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