Our first product line available in the USA is by Shah Hemp, a Nepal-based social enterprise that recently completed a B Impact Assessment and is on the road to becoming a Certified B Corporation.
Dhiraj K. Shah and his wife Nivedita Banshal founded Shah Hemp Innoventures (SHIV) in September 2015. Dhiraj is a wireless communications engineer and Nivedita is a psychologist. Together, they work with local stakeholders to create meaningful employment, hemp-based housing, and unique craft products that support the development of their community.
SHIV manifests its mission-driven business model across four parallels: Crete, Craft, Natura and Works.
In collaboration with the International Hemp Building Association (IHBA), SHIVCrete built their first hemcrete wall with Steve Allin in February 2016 in Janakpur, Nepal. Since then, the team has been working extensively to adapt hempcrete to the local climate and socio-economic conditions. They have utilized over 40,000kg of wild hemp stalks for their construction projects, and by 2019, they had built 11,611 cubic feet of hempcrete walls, sequestering over 101,088kg of carbon. SHIVCrete provides complete natural construction solutions that incorporate hempcrete, from planning to project execution.
In 2016, SHIVCraft began decorticating hemp stalks to produce fiber for fabric, rope, paper, carpet, insulation, furnishings and construction. Every product has a story behind it shaped by local artisans and craftspeople.
SHIVNatura supports local farmers by developing a supply chain of abundant hemp seeds for skincare, soaps, and cold-pressed oil.
SHIVWorks processes hemp stalks, fibers and seeds into raw materials for product manufacturing. SHIV’s research and development on processing techniques has resulted in their ability to assemble equipment that supports the local economy. Their machines provide high-quality output for further processing units while remaining portable, durable and efficient.