2017 Huxley College of the Environment Distinguished Alumni - Denise Attwood (’83) and Ric Conner (‘85)

For Denise Attwood and Ric Conner, it all started with two sweaters they purchased on a trip to Nepal thirty years ago. They fell in love with the craftsmanship and integrity of the Tibetan refugee artisans they encountered, and returned to Nepal to buy sweaters to sell in the U.S. In turn, they paid the Tibetan families a fair wage and ensured they had good working conditions. Over time, Ganesh Himal Trading has grown to include crafts of all kinds from Nepal. Their work in Nepal expanded, too, as they built schools and medical clinics, and maintained an ongoing relationship with subsequent generations of artisans. They started The Conscious Connections Foundation to allow tax-deductible contributions to help Nepali families pay for healthcare, education, college scholarships, and more.

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