What We Do
Started in 2016, NOMAD was born out of the desire to travel around the world and help those in need. We provide greater opportunities for rural leather artisans in Asia to empower themselves. Our sustainable platform allows them to market the goods they produce to a wider audience, putting themselves in a better position to improve the lives of those they care about.
Through our NOMAD Restoration Project initiative, we also aim to identify the immediate needs of the artisans' village, both on infrastructural and social levels, and take an active approach in providing the best solution possible. A portion of any profits made will be dedicated to tackle the issues at hand as we work closely with the community to ensure its success.
Our first initiative started in India, where we ensured that every purchase of our products contributes to providing a livelihood for 25 artisans, as well as supporting a local school that provides education to 140 underprivileged children within the community.
Currently, we are collaborating with rural artisans from a village in Indonesia, who are motivated to improve their standards of living - in terms of improved basic living infrastructure, ample employment opportunities and access to education for their children. We sincerely hope that very purchase of our products, which are intricately handmade by our artisans, will pave the way for a brighter future.
Our products are made from premium goat leather that are sourced from the village's farms. Each hide is treated through an age-old artisanal process that was passed down many generations. Unlike commercial leather products, our vegetable tanned leather does not involve any chemical process thus allowing you to reduce your footprint on the environment - the perfect option for those who are socially and environmentally conscious.
We take pride in our products and and will never compromise on its quality.
Past NOMAD Restoration Project -
Roopsi Village, Jaisalmer, India
When we collaborated with the artisans from Roopsi Village, every purchase made by our valued customers and clients contributed to:
Despite years of practice and experience in mustering leather crafts, plenty of artisans still lived in poverty. The lack of access to the greater market and awareness of current demand caused their crafts to be under-appreciated and obsolete.
NOMAD partnered with up to 25 artisans in India to create functional NOMAD bags to meet modern living standards. Our partnership provided the artisans with design insights, opportunities to upgrade their skills, and allowed their crafts to be recognized and appreciated by an international audience.
The increased income allowed them to achieve a higher living standard for their families and provided educational opportunities for their children
Every single bag purchased was used to support a school in the Roopsi village. While it was an important institution that housed up to 140 children from various nearby villages, the school struggled to sustain itself.
Through this initiative, we supported the school’s expenditure, which included electrical bills, rental fees, educational materials, and school fees for 40 students who could not afford them.
Our NOMAD Restoration Project ensured a conducive environment for students to study in. Every 6 months, we accessed and revamped the condition of the school.
In our past campaign, we managed to provide classroom fans and the first toilet to be built in the school.
Current NOMAD Restoration Project -
Banyumeneng, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Presently, we are working in collaboration with artisans from a village in Banyumeneng, Giriharjo, Indonesia.
Each purchase of yours will contribute to improving the lives of not just the artisans, but the whole village via the following aspects:
Our talented leather artisans have long grappled with poverty due to their limited access to markets and the lack of awareness about their craftsmanship.
As such, they find themselves struggling to make ends meet as their beautiful creations go unnoticed by the wider world.
By partnering with NOMAD, these artisans hope to showcase their exceptional leather products to a global audience, breaking the cycle of poverty and allowing their remarkable skills to thrive.
Every purchase of the handmade leather products crafted by these artisans, not only is an acquisition of exquisite pieces but also an investment in the education and future of the artisans' children.
The pursuit of higher education remains a daunting challenge to the young generation, due to the financial hardships and thus limited opportunities.
The income generated from the artisans' work are a commitment to overcome the aforesaid challenges, and create a brighter future for the next generation.
Improved Basic Infrastructure
The lack of basic amenities remains a lingering problem in our artisans' village, and is a focal point as part of our NOMAD restoration project.
In our first visit to the village, we immediately identified the poor housing infrastructure and lack of access to electricity as well as water resources.
As a start, we have refurbished the workshops for our artisans, setting the basis to empower the artisans and earn the financial strength to garner the funds to improve the village's standard of living.
Currently, there is an immediate need for the development of water wells in the village. We have started a campaign to ensure that your purchases are instrumental in the provision of their basic needs: