Miteri Recycle Center

AWON initiated a pilot `Social Business’ collecting used clothes from Kathmandu to be recycled and resold locally in Karnali by women’s groups. The clothes are washed, repaired, ironed, labelled, and packaged well to look like retail items rather than donations, and are sold at a price that is affordable to the poorest consumers. This preserves the dignity of the people buying the clothes, and provides a sustainable income for the women’s groups. The project has been informally piloted by Action Works Nepal (AWON) in 4 of the most remote districts within the Karnali region – Acham, Humla, Kalikot and Jumla, targeting the marginalized communities. Clothing is collected in Kathmandu and transported to these areas, and sold by AWON volunteers. For more details, please visit our Facebook page:

  • This model has several key impact points:

    • Number of women employed in sustainable livelihoods
    • Increase in women’s annual income
    • Clothing recycled rather than thrown as waste
    • Conserves the environment and positively impacts climate change

  • Additionally, women are empowered and their confidence will increase due to involvement in economic activity. The income and security will have additional benefits to their families health, welfare, and education. Any and all interested individuals, corporations, and organizations can be involved in the Miteri Recycle Center by donating, buying, or volunteering.