Updated Feb 14: We Did It!!
Before Christmas, we shared a story about the lengthy fuel shortage in Nepal and how it has affected our manufacturing team. Now, we'd like to share with you the plan we've made with him to get him back up and running and we'd love for you to help!
And we have some new jackets in stock!
You might think we've been in hibernation for the last half year or so... but we've actually been very busy behind the scenes. In April, we went to Nepal and reconnected with our friends and the families we're helping to support - and most importantly, we finally met Rajan, our manufacturer, and little Jasper!
It has been many months – since September and the start of the tourist season in Nepal – since we have heard from Kamal, Jasper’s dad. But that all changed this and last week when we had the “holy trinity” of surprises, allowing us to reconnect in a small way (as power outages allow): an email, a phone call and a Skype video call!
As our stock dwindles, we have had many questions about when we will receive our next shipment of jackets. The answer, strangely, has a lot to do with the Nepali national election, which triggered labour strikes across the entire country, affecting Rajan and our little business halfway around the world. But Nepal has one-upped Canada on voter participation!
Just like in BC, most of Nepal’s electricity comes from hydro-electric dams located within its borders. Unlike BC, Nepal does not generate anywhere near enough power to supply all of the country’s demand. The resulting power management through rolling black-outs is called “Load Shedding”. What this means in real life is that now, in Kathmandu,