Get Paper Industry
Get Paper Industry is an artisan cooperative in Kathmandu specializing in handmade paper and paper products. The group's paper is made from recycled materials including paper, cotton rags, and natural fibers such as corn husks and banana stems. All artisans—more than 90% of whom are women—earn a living wage and are eligible for benefits including free lunches, personal loans, health insurance, advance payments, training, and a small pension.
Get Paper Industry also has a strong commitment to social development in Nepal. About 40% of the profits generated by the group are used to fund development programs run by Get Paper's sister organization, General Welfare Prathisthan. These include initiatives like the 'Send Your Daughter to School" scholarship program, human trafficking awareness and prevention campaigns for teen girls, and environmental enterprises like tree planting. The group has won international awards for their AIDS awareness work and for their efforts to protect the environment.