Himalaya Natural Fibre Foundation (HNFF) was founded and registered in 2006 by a group of local indigenous people of Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu districts of Eastern Nepal. It is a local and non-profit organization registered in Kathmandu and affiliated with Social Welfare Council. HNFF was established on the basis of the economic and social benefits of allo, the Himalayan giant nettle.
HNFF works in remote districts of Nepal where natural fibres are available and being used by indigenous and marginalized community people for subsistence income..
Mr. Indra Kulung, Chairperson
Ms. Tara Kulung, Vice-Chairperson
Ms. Sova Barsi, Secretary
Mr. Dilip Tomochho, Treasurer
Ms. Chandrika Kulung, Member
Mr. Narabhupal Rai, Member
Ms. Parmila Rai, Member
Economic self-reliance and prosperous society of indigenous, disadvantaged and marginalized people of rural Nepal.
The mission of HNFF is to make Nepal one of the major high quality natural fibre products suppliers, so that indigenous, disadvantaged and marginalized people from remote fibre-producing districts can benefit economically, culturally and environmentally.
HNFF strives to achieve the highest standards of governance, accountability to stakeholders, representation of the natural fibre sector, and services to fibre-producing communities in the Himalayan region.
Develop and promote sustainable natural fibre-based micro enterprises for improved livelihood
- To motivate/encourage sustainable production, innovative use and promotion of natural fibres in the Himalayan regions for the benefit of current and future generations, with a particular focus on rural women-led nettle fibre producer groups
- To empower indigenous groups, marginalized communities and other vulnerable groups involved with natural fibres to advocate for improved policies and services so that economic and social benefits flow to the producers are ensured.