Meet the Artisan
One of the artisans below has felted your product…
When you receive your products from Betterfelt, you will find a small embroidered tag on it. These are our artisans' personal signatures, that vouch for the quality.
Betterfelt is a Fair Trade Importer.
It has from the beginning been our motivation to create a good working environment for our employees, and a fair salary is an important part of that.
Our artisans, (almost all female), have a salary equivalent to a male skilled worker or public teacher i Kathmandu. They have 34 paid holidays and an extra month's salary during their festivals in the autumn. As well, they receive a 10% saving on top of their salary and the right to 45 days paid maternity leave.
Even though Betterfelt is paying a fair salary, the opportunities and the challenges in Nepal are different from our part of the World. Therefore, we also recognize the need for extra help to our employees in certain aspects of life, even if such assistance is rarely considered to be the employer's responsibility.
Thus we pay a contribution to the education of our employees' children. This means that all employees receive a cash grant for each child equivalent to the cost of public school.
But not only the children should be educated. We as employers need trained staff, and especially English-speaking staff, so we can communicate with all staff, not just management. Therefore, we offer free English courses for all staff. For those who can’t read and write, we offer training in these skills first.