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We are not just another fly supplier or cheap online store. We create opportunities and make space to work with and train exploited and marginalized individuals. We believe that by providing trade instead of aid we make a lasting difference that also gives dignity instead of dependence.
We train tyers from scratch to commercial grade with top notch instruction like using knots and glue throughout the fly to make sure your flies catch more fish. Each year we take on at least one new group and help to raise funds that bring jobs into areas that need living-wage income. So far we have worked in Kenya and Nepal, and already have visions for the future in both those locations as well as additional SE Asian countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh, South Korea, Cambodia, and more.
We work with stakeholder groups that help to fund startup and training costs as well as maintain ongoing relationships with the tying groups by traveling to visit at least once a year and regularly communicating to offer business expertise and friendship.
We regularly meet in person and online with the leaders and tyers of each group. We work through challenges, provide encouragement, and develop strategies together that benefit tyers in many areas of life. We partner with consulting groups that also help in the areas of personal finances, community development, and counseling for post traumatic stress.Read More
You can view our brushes by looking through our catalog, which is linked at the top of the page. Occasionally, we may be out of stock of a particular pattern. Please add your name to the waitlist and we will let you know when it is back in stock. You can also visit our retail partners: Fish USA and Angler's Workshop. And of course, ask your local shop to carry our brushes as well.
Fair Flies Composite Brushes are hand-made in Nepal. We currently have two tying teams and employ more than 40 people. Every tyer goes through weeks of training and every single brush is checked for quality several times. Our tyers are proud of the work they do and strive towards the core values of beauty, excellence, integrity, justice, and love.
That is a great question. From a strictly business perspective, Nepal is a difficult country to work in. Less than 20% of the population lives in urban communities so the workforce is dispersed. As a land-locked country, transportation is more expensive. Both political and economic instability hinder long-term investment and success. These factors and others are listed here.
Despite these challenges, there is great need in Nepal. Over 25% of the population is impoverished, according to the World Bank, and 80% make less than $2 US each day. It is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world.
More than 90% of Nepalis age 15-29 are engaged in informal employment that offers no guarantee of a minimum wage, vacation or sick leave, etc. The unemployment rate varies widely by source, sometimes as low as 3% or as high as 50%. This is because some statistics consider any amount of employment adequate. If you consider the bigger picture and add in underemployment and inadequate pay or working conditions the number is near the 50% mark.
For us, the first priority is the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation. Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing crime. Globally, an estimated 36 million people are victims of trafficking. A short definition of human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as deception, force, or fraud, with the goal of exploiting them. This exploitation is primarily sex work and forced labor/slavery.
It is estimated that 200,000 Nepalis (primarily women) have been trafficked into India for forced prostitution. "Every day more than 54 young girls and women are trafficked out of Nepal and into India to enter a life of slavery," according to 3 Angels Nepal. There is also an estimated 50,000 trafficked individuals within Nepal. Although primarily women, men are also victims of trafficking. 22% of Nepali males (more than 3.5 million men) work outside the country, often in forced labor contracts. They receive little pay, $30 a month or less, and are forced into miserable working conditions that often lead to death. According to several news sources, a Nepali worker dies every other day building the World Cup stadium in Qatar.
Yes! A very direct one as a matter of fact. In contrast to the prevailing wage, we pay a livable wage to our tyers that impact families for generations. We say it over and over again, "Trade not Aid". By providing living wages we help prevent exploitation before it even starts. Living wages and stable income remove the temptation of a quick buck with lifelong consequences. We also work with groups that help rescue individuals from compromising and exploitative situations. We tap into a network that leads individuals down a healthy path of emotional support and positive community. This network of healthcare providers, counselors, teachers, and coaches provide long-term support to these people that are often ignored by society.
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