ABOUT

Danusha works primarily with women in Nepal whose lives have been affected by a variety of issues, such as leprosy, bereavement, physical disability and poverty. Our aim is to provide an inclusive environment where women can learn new skills, grow in confidence and develop lasting friendships. Danusha is all about empowering women.

Danusha UK is a social enterprise run by Sue Lavender, Katy Barr and Allison Davies.

OUR BACKGROUND

The Danusha jewellery story began in 2007 when Sue and Mike Lavender began work with Nepal Leprosy Trust. They spent a lot of time at Lalgadh Hospital, the world’s largest leprosy treatment centre.

While Mike concentrated on his work as a public health doctor, Sue worked alongside staff in the Community Rehabilitation Department to find opportunities for clients to learn a new skill. One of these projects involved training women in jewellery making.

Sue and Mike returned to the UK in 2009 but kept in touch with the project and within a year Danusha was born. The name comes from the area where the hospital is based.

ETHICAL POLICY

Danusha strives to conduct business to the highest ethical and environmental standards. Due to the nature of our product we still have a way to go in developing the most ethical supply chain, but we’re working towards this by building strong relationships with suppliers of raw materials within Nepal.

Nepal is a developing country which makes working there a challenge and an adventure. Our workshops are healthy and safe environments. We also encourage our two producer groups to sell to businesses and individuals within Nepal and beyond.

Danusha aims to make a difference to underprivileged communities by investing in equipment, encouraging return orders and developing the skills of producers. In addition to the people who make our jewellery we also source products from other fair trade and ethical companies in Nepal. 

Danusha is a member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers).

MATERIALS

Our jewellery is made using a variety of materials, including semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, resin and glass beads. Clasps, chain, earring hooks etc comply with EU directives on nickel content.

DESIGN

Each piece of Danusha jewellery is made in Nepal from locally sourced raw materials, including semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls and man-made beads.

EMPOWERMENT

We work in partnership with Nepal Leprosy Trust providing training in jewellery making, enabling women to learn new skills, raising their status within their communities. Offering a fair wage and decent working conditions is important to us as we believe in quality and equality.