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Our team

Meet our amazing team! At Dinadi, every employee is valuable and celebrated, and we’re so happy to introduce each one to you.
Check out the label on your Dinadi product to find the signature of the employee who has proudly made your piece.

Amita

Amita is a friendly, soft-spoken lady who has found a place to belong at Dinadi. She is a wife and mother to a young son. Her work allows her the freedom to be home while helping to support the family. She loves knitting and loves that it can be done within her home and around her loved ones.

Amita

Amrita

Amrita's home was damaged in the Nepal earthquake of 2015. She's lived in a shelter with her husband and son ever since. Knitting has provided income for the rebuilding of her home. It has also been a source of support and joy as she faces life as a part of this community of women.

Amrita

Anchal Maya

Anchal Maya is an honest and hardworking caretaker for her five children. Because she works from home, she's able to maximize the time she spends with her kids. Being a self-supporting member of her community is important to her, and as she's doing so, she hopes her kids will grow to be the same.

Anchal Maya

Anu

Anu is a vibrant college student studying tourism management.. She is talkative and adventurous. She dreams of continuing her education and then opening a hotel or bakery. Through hard work and financial independence, her knitting is laying the foundation for her dreams to be realized.

Anu

bijaya

Bijaya doesn’t just laugh, she dissolves into laughter leading everyone else to join her. Full of life she is always spreading joy to people around her with her funny stories and big hugs. And she’s an amazing cook!

Bijaya

Bimila

Bimala is small, but strong. Her family lost their home and all their possessions in the 2015 earthquake. Her knitting takes care of their financial needs and provides an outlet for her passion. She has found a sense of value and strength within the Dinadi community that she wants to pass on to her daughter.

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Bimila

Bimala has only ever worked in the fields. She is a quiet and dedicated wife and mother. The encouragement she receives within the Dinadi community has her dreaming of a time when she can give up fieldwork for knitting full-time, in order to see her house paid off and her daughter educated.

Bimala

Busy

You recognize Busy by the big smile on her face. She is easy going, inclusive and makes people around her feel comfortable. In the Dinadi community, she shares struggles with others, and finds joy and inspiration there. Someday she'd like to own a beauty parlor.

Busy

Eli

Eli is one of nine siblings, all sent by their mother to Kathmandu for education. A good home and food is not something she experienced earlier in life. She is glad for the flexibility of her job, so she is able to study. She dreams of becoming a doctor one day.

Eli

Elisha

Elisha is a student who loves to sing and bake cakes. Through her work with Dinadi, she has seen how small steps can lead to growth and success. This has inspired her knitting, her studying, and her dream of opening a business someday.

Elisha

Esther

Esther is a student who enjoys dancing and teaching others to dance. Knitting has given her more than just a job. She has learned that quality work and earning an income are valuable tools for her future.

Esther

Ganga

Ganga prides herself on taking care of her family well. She has two teenagers, and loves to cook for and spend time with them. Her husband's health has been a concern, and she feels thankful to be able to earn an income for his treatment and her kids' schooling.

Ganga

Geeta

Geeta's children are mostly grown but she still spends her days at home caring for her paralyzed husband. As the sole breadwinner and caregiver, the opportunity to work at home has saved her family. She has found within herself boldness and strength as she's met the challenges of life.

Geeta

Jaya

Jaya dreams of owning gold. In her community, wearing gold jewelry is an important symbol of respect and hard work. She is working hard to ensure health and an education for her son, and because of her knitting, she will soon reward herself with a wearable symbol of all that she's accomplishing.

Jaya

Jenny

Jenny is independent and adventurous, but also cherishes the closeness she shares with her mom. Her mom has taught her independence, and her work with Dinadi is helping her practice it. The wisdom she has gained from her mom and her diverse work community are invaluable to her.

Jenny

Jugh-Maya

Jugh Maya is hardworking and helpful. Living in a post-earthquake shelter and caring for a sick husband has caused insecurity and shame in the past, but knitting has given her hope of a new life. She's now able to dream of having her family's own home on their own land.

Jugh-Maya

Jyoti

Jyoti is a student who enjoys dancing and teaching others to dance. Knitting has given her more than just a job. She has learned that quality work and earning an income are valuable tools for her future.

Jyoti

Kalpana

Kalpana is well-liked among her friends and a mother of two young adult sons. As a single mother, she has worked hard to provide for them as they've grown. She is glad to now be knitting with friends and dreaming of financial stability and further education for her sons.

Kalpana

Kamala

Kamala is a late 40ies bicycling enthusiast. She is bold and friendly. She lives with a group of teenage girls for whom she has become like a mother. Her work at Dinadi allows her to continue this way of life and thereby, affect positive change in her community.

Kamala

Karina

Karina is kind-hearted and hard-working. She finds herself between two worlds--splitting her time between Kathmandu and the village where her whole family lives. Her curiosity to learn and never-give-up attitude serve her well as she works, travels, and dreams of her future.

Karina

Kedar

Kedar

Kirstine

Kristina

Kristina is friendly and focused. She lives in a shelter, and finds her home and work community of utmost importance. She hopes to someday have a family of her own, but in the meantime, she enjoys the encouragement and opportunity her work provides.

Kristina

Liva

Liva loves to make people laugh. She enjoys crocheting and has a heart for those around her dealing with poverty. Her work is allowing her to save up for future study to become a social worker.

Liva

Liza

Liza is an outgoing and caring member of Dinadi. She studies management in college and dreams of running a business someday. She has enjoyed learning to knit and making new friends through her work.

Liza

Maily

Maily loves people. From the girls she lives with to the knitting community in Dinadi, she loves to be with and support others. After her schooling, she has big dreams of moving back to her village for social work, tutoring children, and passing on her knitting skills to other women.

Maily

Maina

Maina is a hard worker who finds her drive in her family of three. She is recognized by her big smile and generous laug. Her family used to be completely dependent on her husband's income but now her extra income is allowing Maina to dream and plan for her son's education.

Maina

Mangila

Manjila describes herself as funny and easy to be around. Her work provides an enjoyable community of friends with whom she can learn and practice new skills. She dreams of traveling to Paris someday.

Mangila

Manju R

Manju lives with her mother, her older brother, and his wife. The stress of finances affects the whole family. Because of her knitting, Manju is able to help provide for the family and plans to finish college.

Manju R.

Manju

Manju's kind personality allows those around her to feel seen and safe. Because of bank loans and monthly rent, financial struggles have been a reality. But thanks to the flexibility of her work, Manju can help her family climb out of debt and still take care of their young son.

Manju

Mariam

Mariam approaches life with ``awesome stubborness.`` Whether she's studying, working, or knitting, she participates with a never-give-up attitude. She's currently in school, enjoying the possibilities of what her future might look like.

Mariam

Mingmar

Mingmar is an encourager who desires to share joy with others. She works hard to support herself, living in a hostel with Dinadi friends who are more like family. Knitting allows her to dream of her future, possibly in midwifery or helping in remote areas of Nepal.

Mingmar

Mirjam

Mirjam is the Swedish contribution to the team - always seen with bright red lipstick, the biggest rings she can find, and a set of knitting needles in her hands. Always ready to entertain with a good story or to discuss a knitting project.

Mirjam

Neelam

Neelam is a friendly young mother of a little girl. Independence and self-reliance are her priorities. Dinadi is helping her learn - about her work and about taking care of herself and her daughter. This education is giving her the freedom of independence.

Neelam

Pasang

Pasang was six years old when her parents sent her from the village to Kathmandu for an education. She has learned independence and determination over the years. Pasang believes her work is meaningful and making it possible to reach her goal of finishing her education.

Pasang

Pawana is one of those women who immediately cares for and engages in the lives of people around her. She is amazing at getting those around her to open up and to have a good laugh when needed. Outside of work she keeps busy with her teenage son and her huge network of friends.

Pawana

Pema

Pema is a friendly and outgoing college student studying management and tourism. She loves to learn. She is happy that her work involves close-knit community and provision for her college books and bus fare.

Pema

Prama

When Prama was 17 years old, she and her sister moved away from her farming family and village to study in Kathmandu. Knitting with Dinadi helps them with their education and living expenses. Prama hopes to one day be a teacher.

Prama

Pramilla

Pramilla desires to model for her three kids what being an excellent worker looks like, and she does so with energy and exuberance. Taking on more than just housework and laundry has given her a newfound confidence. She has found life--and spreads it as well--in her work at Dinadi.

Pramilla

Preston

Preston, the Canadian addition to the team, is the connoisseur in the lot - with a big heart for gadgets and a good BBQ. Known as the ‘hairy man’ by locals he is always helpful, cheerful and on the run to get something done.

Preston

Priskila

Priskila is the only one of four daughters who has gotten the opportunity to leave the village and study in Kathmandu. She is quiet and hard-working and enjoys learning new things. She loves the peace and quiet that knitting offers, and the income it affords her as she continues her studies.

Priskila

Priya

Priya describes herself as very shy and very honest. There are eleven in her family and she enjoys when they are all together. Her work with Dinadi has given her the opportunity to learn and explore ideas for her future.

Priya

Puja

Puja is a generous and helpful student. While her family lives outside the city, she stays in a home in Kathmandu to finish her education. She feels supported and encouraged by all she's learned about knitting in the past year, and plans to continue knitting and sewing after finishing school.

Puja

Purna Maya

Purnaa is fearless and hard-working. She stays busy taking care of her family, farming their field, volunteering at her village health post, and knitting. She's looking forward to her hard work paying off: rebuilding their earthquake-torn house and taking care of grandkids!

Purna Maya

Rabina

Rabina lives in a home with other girls, but because of her health, has a hard time dreaming about her future. Her work with Dinadi has given her a trustworthy source of income, and with it, she is able to pursue the medical care she needs and support her mother and siblings in her home village.

Rabina

Rajiv

Rajiv has an eye for all things that involves numbers or technical skill and that’s why he’s our accountant. Known to be cheerful, helpful, good at cooking, and has knowledge about pretty much anything.

Rajiv

Rashila

Rashila loves the home she shares with her mother and sisters. She dreams of health for her family and marriage for herself. At Dinadi, she's found encouragement and empowerment. She's helping to financially support her family and even has a little extra for herself!

Rashila

Sabina

Sabina's dream is fashion design. One of four siblings, she is working hard to achieve her dream after college. Her work has taught her independence and the value of money.

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Sabina

Her husband is high-caste, but Sabina is not. Her in-laws didn't welcome her into their family at first but she won them over by her hard work and care for them. Knitting has allowed Sabina the freedom to care for her son and in-laws and help pay back a looming bank loan.

Sabina R

Sabina

Sabina finds contentment in her housework and children. With no education herself, she dreams of a good education and confidence for her kids. Knitting has given her a renewed desire for hard work and attention to detail. The financial income and the family-like community are invaluable to her.

Sabina K

Sagun

Sagun loves the freedom her knitting work provides. The flexibility and fun togetherness are what allow her to enjoy her work. The Dinadi community has become her family.

Sagun

Sandevi

Sanudevi lives with her husband and two nearly-grown children. She never went to school, and dreams only of marrying off her children and finishing the house they have begun to build. Her knitting and her work in the fields, keep her busy and satisfied with the simple life she leads.

Sandevi

Sanjita

Sanjita is a happy, hard-working student. She loves adventure and her friends. She doesn't give up easily and has been eager to learn new skills for her knitting. She is young, and her work is preparing her for facing life's challenges with tenacity and within community.

Sanjita

Sapana

Sapana is never without lipstick and her big smile. In her knitting group, she is kind-hearted and a natural leader and encourager. Her name means ``dream`` and she enjoys doing so. She dreams of getting married someday and having a good family.

Sapana

Sarita

Sarita learned responsibility early as she was only a teenager when her parents died and she was left to care for her five younger siblings. Today, she cares for her husband and son by knitting. She hopes that knitting will allow her to save up money to open her own food shop.

Sarita

Sarswati

Sarswati is a shy college student who lives with her older sister. From a difficult family background, they are stepping toward independence. Through her work with Dinadi, Sarswoti's has been inspired to pursue financial independence and a career.

Sarswati

Sarsowti

Sarsowti's knit group always meets on Wednesdays and she waits with anticipation each time. She enjoys the breathing space and peace with her Dinadi family around her. She also values the new-found equality within her marriage, as she and her husband now work as a team to pay back their debt.

Sarsowti

Sharan

Sharan describes herself as a good daughter. She lives with her mom and works hard to take care of her. Sharan recognizes all the ways her mother has sacrificed for her over the years. Along with household and field work, Sharan is using this knitting opportunity as a way to give back to her mother.

Sharan

Shova

Shova is experiencing the freedom of buying vegetables from the market with her own money! She enjoys the love and care she's experienced at Dinadi. With no education of her own, she's working hard to fulfill her dream of supporting her children's education.

Shova

Shreejana

Shreejanna loves her family, especially cooking for them! She also spends her time studying public health in college. Working with street children is one of her dreams for the future.

Shreejana

Sirina

Sirina, more than ever, feels courageous, capable and worthy. She dreams of being able to provide for and educate her daughters. She is feeling the surge of new hope as she sees the progress in her work and feels the encouragement from her knitting community.

Sirina

Sita

Sita is a responsible, supportive wife and mother. She loves family time and walks together. She dreams of seeing her children be educated and being with her husband until they die. Providing for their family can now be teamwork as she has the opportunity to knit, and she feels grateful for it.

Sita

Sonam

Sonam is from a remote mountain village, but is studying public health in Kathmandu. She one day wants to return to her home and the experience she's gaining in her work and her studies is helping her grow into a future leader who can help usher positive change into Nepali society.

Sonam

Sunita

Sunita is a young mom with a little daughter. She has never gone to school, but her knitting allows her to dream of an education for her daughter. Although her past has been difficult, the community around her and the income she's earning give her hope that her daughter's life will be different.

Sunita

Sushmita

Sushmita comes from a single-parent home and her hero is her hard-working mother. Her knitting has helped her learn the value of hard work and belief in herself. She studies journalism and is proud that the products she makes carry love and hard work wherever they end up!

Sushmita

Tulasa

Tulasa describes herself as faithful and hardworking. Recently, she was left with the task of raising her two children alone, when her husband died in a motorcycle crash. Life is hard, but knitting is helping. She's learning skills to support her family and face the future.

Tulasa

Uma

When Uma's father died, and mother deserted, she and her three siblings were left on their own. Now she wants nothing more than to be able to take care of herself and her brothers, and for her older sister to get married. Knitting is bringing independence, and the hope for stability as a family.

Uma

Zoya

Zoya is curious and talkative. She is a friendly college student who enjoys learning. Her family includes three siblings and a single mother. Her knitting with Dinadi has been an invaluable resource to help support her family and her studies.

Zoya