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10 Women-led businesses that shined this past year

10 business pages, founded by bold ambitious women that we absolutely love!

2022 Apr 13, 15:12, Kathmandu

Women are taking over the social and economic sectors in Nepal step by step. Instagram has been our business, beauty, news, film, and advocacy hub. The women of today run and own it all through their businesses on Instagram leaving a permanent mark in the market as they craft the future.

Here are ten Businesses, all with diverse visions: local, sustainability, fashion, or delights:

1) Affordable Thriftstore Nepal (@affordablethriftstorenepal)

Thrift culture is an essential and thriving business that took over the western world and slowly emerged in Asian countries. With the demand for sustainability growing day by day, Affordable Thrift Store Nepal offers thousands of clothing pieces on their Instagram page and shop that runs in Maitighar.

The founder, Pratha Basnet, says, “ I began this business as a safe space for our sellers and buyers. Even if we can’t control the clothing market or the waste disposal system, we can create and join a viable community that can pass down the clothing product and obtain proper use out of them”

2) The Scarf (@the.scarf__)

Scarfs are the new essentials of the town. “Scarfs are timeless. We all fancy them, but can’t find them easily. Even if we find them in the market, it’s the same old designs and not of great quality,” says Ningwa Fung Hembya, the owner of ‘The scarf’.

You will definitely find the scarf for you through their page. The French luxury scarves are imported from Singapore. Each scarf is curated and the quality and pattern are sure to catch the eye.

3) Pastel Beauty by Lemi (@pastelbeautybylemi)

Pastel Beauty is a range of beauty products committed to providing the best-in-class makeup products, made consciously in Italy by keeping health and the environment in perspective. Pastel Beauty will always be available in Nepal first and at the best prices than anywhere else in the world.

The owner Lemi says, “Having been born in the lap of the Himalayas I have always been mesmerized by how nature has created so many colors, elements, and such beautiful landscapes. I have always aspired to make people feel beautiful and this started my quest to play with colors while learning the skills to give someone that magical moment where they can genuinely feel beautiful.”

4) Eco Sathi Nepal (@ecosathi_nepal)

It is high time the world becomes eco-friendly keeping in mind the drastic global warming and pollution rates. Ecosathi Nepal offers a diverse range of eco-friendly products created for consumers in Nepal. They offer alternatives to plastic and wastage through products like wooden utensils, toothbrushes, combs, and metal straws, menstrual cups, tote bags.

The owner Manu Karki, who is also a dentist, says, “ We want to help the population become eco-conscious and introduce them to the eco-concept by providing eco-art supplies. We frequently advocate and make people aware of climate change and the environment.”

5) Galore Valley (@galorevalley)

Everyone knows the funny and popular Lhakyila, the internet influencer who has our tummy rolling through her videos. Galore Valley is inspired by the abundance of authenticity, comfort, art, warmth, and joy that is freely accessible in the city of Kathmandu. The clothing products are locally made and will remain the case.

Lhakyila the owner says, “The products aim to be a reflection of everything beautiful that the valley has to offer, created with the intent of expressing gratitude”

6) The Patisserie Nepal (

The Patisserie is a Parisian-style bakery that offers an exquisite combination of cakes and sweets. Every item is delicate, flavorful, and crafted precisely to create a symphony for your eyes and taste buds!

The owner Shriya Shakya says, “The Patisserie is a business based on humility and an unwavering passion to serve exceptional gourmet bakes and desserts, with a commitment to own the smallest details and maintain the highest standards. With a wild & powerful imagination that has led us to bring people together through our distinctive and delightful flavors, “The Patisserie Team” is what has made it relevant, purposeful, and exquisite.”

7) Maya Handicrafts Jewelry (@Mayahandicraftsjewelry)

Yasmin Brouwer is originally from the Netherlands and settled in Kathmandu. She serves as Creative Director at Maya Handicrafts Jewelry and is the zeal of the brand. Yasmin has been making a mark in the silver jewelry business alongside her husband Sameer. She got her aspiration after coming across these unique pieces of traditional jewelry showcased at Sameer’s shop. Later, Yasmin created modern designs of jewelry, synchronizing two worlds which are reflected in the jewelry of Maya Handicrafts.

8) Karma Coffee (@kar.macoffeenepal)

Karma Coffee is an experience that was created out of a passion for Nepalese coffee, the people, their skills, and the environment. The space desires to introduce a lifestyle culture that connects people independent of background, financial status, and borders. The brand stands for high-quality Nepalese artisan coffee and products. 

The owner Brigit Lienhart-Gyawali says, “ It’s not just about coffee, it’s all about Coffee.”

9) Bhav Products (@bhavproducts)

“Making it possible to produce a Nepali stationery brand in Nepal”

Bhav is a feeling. A feeling you hold close to yourself - body and mind - as you make notes and plans, or sketch ideas and thoughts. Bhav is simply - a feeling.

Bhav Products as a brand encapsulates this feeling; this history of a design journey of personalizing stationeries. As a brand for a truly wide range of stationery lovers, we centered simplicity, ease of use, and a tonne of room for personalization in our products. Bhav products are designed and handmade in Nepal.

The owner Bhintuna Jya-Poo says, “Growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s with an inordinate amount of power cuts aka load shedding and a limited range of craft supplies, it wasn’t very difficult to stumble into and become an expert at what is now a commonly established culture of doing-it-yourself. It all started with endless hours spent stitching together scrap papers into decent note-copies. It somehow fuelled energy into the early days of designing prototypes and prototyping products for what would become Bhav Products towards the end of 2014.”

10) Ambassador Designs (@ambassador.designs)

Ambassador Designs is a Formalwear clothing brand that is designed to empower the working ladies. The women of the future are bold, ambitious, and take their ownership, Ambassador Designs celebrates such women with custom-made and Signature style outfits. The outfits are focused to boost the confidence of women in their career space.

The owner Shrija Shrestha says, "Being passionate is the biggest motivation while establishing a successful business. Never listen to what people say, always prove your own potential and create your own identity".


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