- Category: Company Profile
Milan Garments, established in July 1989, is a manufacturing, trading and exporting company run by a woman entrepreneur, Ms Sharada Rijal.
Ms. Rijal always saw herself as an entrepreneur but coming for a lower middle class family, her journey was not easy. Her father discouraged her to open her own business and thus she started her career as a primary and secondary school teacher. Even after getting married, Ms. Rijal’s desire to do something on her own had not changed. She convinced her husband to open her small sewing factory. She started Milan Garments in 1989 with $100, money she took out of her provident fund. With a never giving up attitude, she started her dream business with 3 sewing machines in a single rented room. As money was scared, she worked as a teacher in the day time and focused on her business at evening.
Like any small startup company, Milan Garments had to struggle at first. Ms. Rijal borrowed more money from her husband, relatives and friends and invested into the company. At the same time, she quit her full time teaching profession and devoted her 100% time in her business. After few years of struggle, Ms. Rijal finally got an international client from Switzerland specializing in hats. This contact opened door to new avenues and her business started blooming. A major success came when she got a huge international order to supply crazy hats for 1998 FIFA World Cup. She was the only women entrepreneur from Nepal doing so and thus was named the “hat lady” by an international magazine. Later the garment industry in Nepal was struck down by the decade long civil war and political instability. Through one of her old staff she got the idea to diversify her business into felt products. Uncertain of this new field of handicraft, she started this division from her dining table with one only employee. She made the change in the right time and now her business is internationally recognized. Today Milan Garment has become an example of women empowerment as the company employs more than 30 women artisans.
- Vice Chairman, Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal
- Founder President, Felt industries Association of Nepal (2006-2012)
- President, WEAN Multipurpose Co-operative (2006-2012)
- Board Member, Federation of Handicrafts Association of Nepal (2009-2012)
- Promoter Member, SAARC Chamber Crafts Village
Awards and Honors
- Best Felt Social Entrepreneur awarded by Felt Industry Association with Nepal (FIAN) (2015)
- Successful Woman Entrepreneur awarded by Ministry of Industry Nepal ( 2010)
- Best Woman Entrepreneur awarded by The Boss Magazine (2003)
- We strongly discourage child labor in our organization.
- We support and protect proclaimed human rights.
- We give equal opportunities to every woman.
- We are concerned with precautionary approaches to save our environment.
- We are cognizant of health and safety for our employees.
Goals & Objectives
The main goal of this company is to bring women in the mainstream of business and economy by creating employment opportunities while maintaining quality and prompt delivery for client.
- To emphasize cost effectiveness and quality for greatest customer satisfaction.
- To build flexibility in terms of changes in customers’ attitudes, demands and other environmental influences.
- To provide employment opportunities to the underprivileged section of society, particularly women.
- To utilize locally available resources and manpower in the production and operations process.