Nimdiki Sherpa (48)
producer for A Beautiful Story | owner / founder Beads for Life | lives in Kathmandu with her husband
Nimdiki Sherpa is one of our angels in Nepal. For ten years this strong-willed lady represents the heart and soul of A Beautiful Story. As a true entrepreneur, she made her dream come true: established her own jewelry factory to empower Nepalese women. 48 years ago Nimdiki was born in Darjeeling, India into a wealthy family. She was fortunate enough to receive proper schooling and developed herself into an ambitious, structured and warm-hearted lady. She got married to a Nepalese man.
Growing up she realized that not all women in the Nepalese society were quite as lucky as she was. Her desire to change this situation grew. One day she started her own workshop “beads for life”. Her workshop focusses on helping women in difficult economic situations.
In the beginning, she worked with 5 women who made traditional necklaces for tourists. Some of these women lost their husbands or were born in a poor family. Beads for Life allows the women to earn their own money and to become independent within the Nepalese society.
We have gotten to know Nimdiki in 2007 and were inspired by her strong convictions. A long-lasting collaboration started and Beads for Life expanded to 30 artisans. Ambitious Nimdiki created a working place where you can hear sounds of cheerful chatter and laughter. The women truly enjoy working there. Now, Nimdiki runs her workshop together with Santosh, who came to Kathmandu to study. He is also a friend of here eldest son.
Positive working environment
One of the core values of Nimdiki’s company is to create a friendly and positive working environment. Nimdiki wants her employees to enjoy what they do. This helps in creating a better workplace and increases their ability to be more creative and productive. A second core value is “Listen and Act”.It is important to Nimdiki to listen to her customers and employees and to act upon what they have to say. It helps in creating a brand loyalty and engagement with everyone involved with Beads for Life.
An example for everyone
Nimdiki’s big dream for the future is to expand Beads for Life, Nepal so that she can provide more jobs to women in need. In addition to this also provide them with more training so that they can be the best at what they do.
We asked Nimdiki what A Beautiful Story means to her. According to Nimdiki they couldn’t be where they are right now without the help of A Beautiful Story. The beliefs and values of A Beautiful Story in helping people in need is very important to Nimdiki and Beads for Life.
Her eye for detail and design is remarkable. She translates our designs like no other and throws in a little special Nimdiki magic. She aims for perfection. Her work is refined and her contribution to A Beautiful Story is priceless. With her great enthusiasm and caring character, she is an example for all of us.
To Nimdiki the will to do something without caring too much about what the society says, is female empowerment. It’s being able to have self-confidence and embracing oneself. It’s having a positive attitude towards everything and everyone around you and being able to bring out your inner strength.