Alpinecho x Purnaa
Alpinecho hats are made in partnership with Purnaa, a social enterprise and World Fair Trade Organization Guaranteed Member in Nepal with a mission to create jobs that empower marginalized people to fresh starts and fulfilled lives.
At Purnaa, staff receive technical skills training, life-skills training (budgeting, relationships, literacy, numeracy, health & nutrition), access to counselling, healthcare, and employer-matched savings in a positive work environment.
Certifications and Awards
World Fair Trade Organization Guaranteed Member
Freedom Business Alliance
CO Leadership Award
Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence
"Nepali people have few good economic options. Nepal has the third lowest GDP per capita PPP in Asia and 14% of Nepali people work abroad. Foreign workers sending money home comprise 28% of Nepal’s GDP. Almost 50% of Nepalis rely on remittance from a family member working outside the country. When they return to Nepal, 57% are without a job ... An estimated 35,000 people are trafficked from Nepal each year, including 15,000 women and 5,000 girls and 44% of the population is vulnerable to slavery.
Purnaa is in Nepal to create jobs that address Nepali people’s vulnerability to exploitation, while also demonstrating ethical and sustainable business practices. Whether through earthquakes (2015), border blockades (2016), or pandemics (2020-2021), we’re committed to pressing through the challenges to see fresh starts and fulfilled lives for marginalized people in Nepal."
Excerpt from Purnaa '21–'22 Impact Report
I get so many compliments on this hat! I love the beautiful design, vibrant colors, great fit & ethical production. I’ve already gifted it to two other friends!
I got this hat when it was first released last month and love it. The fit is just right (good shape without it being too snug and giving me a headache). It’s easily adjustable and washes great. I wore it so much that I threw it in the washing machine on cold. It still looks brand new like it’s never been worn. Definitely my new fav!
Every time I wear this hat I get tons of compliments! Beautiful design, vibrant colors and very comfortable. Plan to use these as gifts in the near future. :)