Janakpur Women’s Development Centre

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Janakpur Women’s Development Centre information

Opening hours
10.30am-5pm Sun-Fri, 10.30am-4pm Nov-Feb
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One of the best-known social projects is the Janakpur Women’s Development Centre , just outside Janakpur in the village of Kuwa. Around 40 Mithila women are employed at the centre, producing paper paintings, papier-mâché boxes and mirrors, screen-printed fabrics and hand-thrown ceramics. The bright colours and animated imagery are both unique and delightful, and the money raised goes directly towards improving the lives of rural women. You can meet the artisans and buy directly from the centre. It’s also worth picking up a copy of the Master Artists of Janakpur, which provides an excellent insight into the lives of several of the artists and how they’ve benefited from the JWDC. A rickshaw from Janakpur to the centre will cost around Rs 80.