“You may choose to look the other way but you can never again say you did not know”— William Wilberforce
The story behind Bahini started 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Our founder Miyabi volunteered to support the NGOs Change Action Nepal and SHE=Precious in their work for human rights. Instantly she was welcomed as a sister among the Nepali women, and learnt that the younger girls were called bahini, which means ‘little sister’. Apart from the loving sisterhood she also witnessed the prominent gender inequalities in the Nepalese society.
“I had never before experienced such a vibrant culture and loving people. At the same time it was incredibly difficult to observe another side of their society; the harsh, sometimes violent climate for women and girls. Having been born and raised in Sweden, one of the most gender-equal societies in the world, made the experience impossible to shake.” -Miyabi
When she returned from Nepal she started to investigate what she could do to help Nepalese girls in their fight for independence. Over the years that followed, while working in Stockholm within IOT and hardware production, she planned and saved up money, in order to be able to fully focus on starting a social enterprise. And so, in 2016 she left the corporate world to set up Bahini, with a mission to empower girls and raise awareness about sex-trafficking.
Several Nepal-trips later, after meeting with Fair Trade-certified suppliers and learning about the Nepalese traditional craftsmanship, Bahini was launched for the public in 2018 and is now bringing a future of hope to girls who need it the most.
The scarves combine a minimalistic Swedish design with the traditional skills of Nepalese handicraft. All scarves are woven in handlooms by women who get a fair pay and have good work conditions. All the materials and dyes used for the scarves are plant-based and sustainable to ensure that you, our workers, and Mother Earth loves them just as much as we do.
For every scarf sold, Bahini support at-risk girls by donating all profit towards educational scholarships ranging from pre-school to college via the SHE=Precious foundation. Our hope is for every girl to gain strength through education, and find the power to shape their individual futures. Learn more about the current situation of sex-trafficking in Nepal here.