At Gourangaoo we only sell Fairly Traded, high quality and stylish clothing and crafts from around the world. Our policy is to buy honestly, fairly and ethically produced goods from our producer and friend with whom we work closely to ensure that they all earn a good living wage. All staff have safe and pleasant working conditions and they are paid excellent wages enabling them to live and work with dignity and work towards a better future for themselves and their families. All religious festivals, of which there are many in Nepal, are honoured and the workers given time off to visit family which is very important to the Nepalese people.
We choose to charge a fair retail price for all our goods and keep our retails prices down by minimising our own profit margins, unlike some brands, so as to share our lovely clothing the beautiful people of Nepal create for your enjoyment. After spending much time throughout the world fishing, Nepal included, Gourangaoo was bourne out of a desire to help friends with their small manufacturing business of less than 20 employees, by helping them to access international markets to enable them to sell the wonderful goods that they produce.
Gourangaoo has an ethos of maintaining very close and long term direct relationships with our producers, promoting equality of pay and working conditions for all groups in society and putting something back into our supplier's communities. Our supplier and friends are offered a percentage payment prior to production of our goods and they are all paid fully and promptly on completion.
At Gourangaoo we visit our suppliers at least once a year and work with each of them to produce high quality, unusual designs. We visit regularly to make sure our Fairly Traded working conditions are maintained.Nepal is one of the least developed and poorest countries in the world with almost one third of the population living below the official poverty line, 42% unemployment and just over 80% of the population living on less than $2 a day. The recent Maoist conflict in Nepal has led to a dramatic reduction in tourism from which many workshop people earned at least a little, especially during the quiet agricultural times. The export of garments and textiles has for a long time been an important foreign earner for Nepal and with the recent troubles is now an even more important source of income for many.