bhaktapur women’s center

CITTA Nepal Women’s Economic Development Center

Bhaktapur, Nepal


The CITTA Himalaya Women’s Economic Development Center is located in the city of Bhaktapur, Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley’s three major ancient cities, Kahtmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, have melded into a mega-metropolitan area forming the greater Kathmandu area. Bhaktapur is five kilometers from the city center of Kathmandu and is far more traditional in its environment. There is less crime in the city and much more poverty with many more women at risk in this population.

The center is situated only a five minute walk from the impressive old city center of temples and stone buildings that draw tourists to the valley. CITTA Nepal hires and trains women and provides work for them. Many of these women lack economic independence and are not only unable to contribute to the family, but are unable to send their children to school.  Some of the women are widows and are now trying to survive with their children.

CITTA Nepal looks for clients in the USA and Europe that desire to work with our women’s cooperative. The women are able to take on all sorts of challenges from every day goods to luxury items. We have clients such as J.Crew, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Donna Karan, Barneys New York/Tokyo, Golfini della Nonna, and Lucy Barnes.

Stories about the center have been published in Vogue and Oprah’s magazine O, and our recent Tonic ( collaborative with many celebrities such as Sting, David Bowie and Scarlet Johansson received many media hits.

We have a group of women that are on salary at the center, and an extended list of women we are able to provide work to if the orders are larger than we can handle with our present staff.

Our manager, Prakash Bhurtel, keeps all the production on schedule and communicates directly with their clients.

Please contact us if you are interested in working with the center.