The two best options in Nepal for women to start their own businesses are as a tailor or to run a beauty parlor. The safe house that we support is starting an amazing ministry, a wedding dress rental service! American-style weddings are big business in Nepal. This business venture provides a solid foundation for women to gain new marketable skills and earn their independence! Renting a wedding dress is a popular option in Nepal, but still unaffordable for so many. By offering their tailoring & beauty parlor services at affordable rates, the safe house can raise some extra funds AND bless beautiful brides.
The safe house has located a shop that will be available in the next couple of months and have moved forward in faith to put down 3 month’s rent as a deposit. The current tailor shop and beauty parlor will also be moving to this more visible location to offer all-in-one services for weddings. One of their new volunteers is a professional photographer who will help train the women in another new skill, as well as with marketing materials and wedding day photos. Praise God for the fulfillment of this dream!
Once the shop has been established, it is their expectation that they will be self-sustaining. We are currently fundraising for the cost of the start-up, in addition to their first year's rent & utilities, as well as adding two more professionals to the payroll. Please be in prayer for this venture & how God may be leading you to support our women.