Keep Their Daughters in School

World Fair Trade Day 2014

Keep Their Daughters in School

Jolica is celebrating World Fair Trade Day by raising money to educate girls in Kathmandu, Nepal.  As a Fair Trade company, we have the privilege of partnering with visionary people around the world to bring about change.  One of these partners is Milan dev Bhattarai, the founder of Get Paper Industries in Kathmandu, Nepal who supplies our packaging.



Milan, Founder of Get Paper Industries

Milan is passionate about opening doors for the underprivileged and that starts with providing education.  Across Nepal, girls generally do not have the same educational opportunities as boys, a gap that is becomes more dramatic as family income levels drop.  With the support of Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, Milan opened a school for children in a poor neighbourhood, providing scholarships for girls who worked hard and showed potential.  This school became the Anita Milan International Academy and has transformed lives of individuals and families in the area.  Upon visiting Milan in January 2013, he took us to see the school and meet the students and teachers.  What was particularly inspiring was the personal nature of Milan’s relationship with them.  He knew each student by name and knew their story.


As we mark World Fair Trade Day on May 10, it is an opportunity to stand together with the global Fair Trade community and make our voices heard.  It is the time to declare that our choices affect one another.  Education continues to be one of the key factors to bringing sustainable change to the developing world.  For that reason, Jolica has chosen to celebrate World Fair Trade Day by designating 25% of online sales May 1-15 to providing education for girls in Nepal.  Every $100 raised provides a scholarship for a girl at the Anita Milan International Academy.  We invite you to help us keep these girls in school by choosing to purchase Fair Trade jewelry and accessories through Jolica.


To participate in this project, shop Jolica at



Bringing the ‘Colour of the Year’ to Life

Each year, colour experts reflect on social and economic trends and select a ‘Colour of the Year’.  For 2014, the Colour of the Year is Radiant Orchid, a colour that sits somewhere between fuschia, lavender, lilac and magenta.  Pantone’s Pinterest board shows how the colour can morph to suit a variety of skin tones.  Check it out at

The Colour of the Year finds expression in a variety of applications from makeup to fashion to home décor to home accessories, etc.  As the fashion embraces Radiant Orchid and Spring increasingly makes its presence felt, you will see more and more of this tone in your favourite clothing.  Depending on your personality, you may adopt the colour whole-heartedly or look for ways to update current pieces.  Either way, accessories can be the perfect complement.  Amethyst falls comfortably within the scope of Radiant Orchid and offers both an update on a current wardrobe and a great option to complete a new outfit.

These amethyst earrings are a great example of how amethyst can be a great accent to incorporate the radiant orchid trend.

Fair Trade Amethyst Earrings

Amethyst Earrings capture the essence of Radiant Orchid


In this second example, a scarf in the radiant orchid tones has been paired with an amethyst ring.


Fair Trade Ring captures Radiant Orchid

Beautiful examples of Radiant Orchid


These are just some ideas to get you started on incorporating this season’s ‘IT’ colour.  As an added bonus, the pieces used in the examples are all sourced through fair trade.  Pieces are available on



The Healing Power of Fair Trade

Suryakala Nepali leather worker

Suryakala has new future making leather handbags

Leather handbag made in Nepal

Beautiful brown leather bag made by Suryakala and other leprosy survivors

Suryakala’s story is one that inspires me as it reminds of the power of Fair Trade to reach into communities and change lives.  Suryakala lives in Nepal and was diagnosed with leprosy.  She did not seek help immediately because she did not want to bring shame onto her family, choosing instead to let the disease attack her body unchecked.  Eventually the tell-tale signs were evident and she was abandoned by her family.  She found her way to the leprosy hospital where she received treatment and was healed.  As part of her rehabilitation she was trained to make leather good, including handbags.  Making handbags provided her an income and the proceeds contributed back to the leprosy hospital, making it possible for others to receive the life-giving treatment that she had.  While in rehab she met a man whose story mirrored her own.  The two were married and started a family.  Unfortunately, he passed away relatively soon, leaving her to raise their children.  The leprosy trust provided the employment and support she needed to look after her family.  The leather handbags that are sold through Fair Trade retailers in Europe and North America support this leprosy hospital and create a future for women like Suryakala.