Mahaguthi began in 1984 and now market the handicrafts of over 1,000 artisans from 150 workshops throughout Nepal. Their focus is to promote the well-being of artisans, to provide employment and to promote the principles of Fair Trade. Most artisans live in remote mountainous areas - many of whom are women working in their own homes.

Mahaguthi provides fair wages and benefits, encourages the revival of traditional crafts and empowers the marginalised. Employees share in annual profits and are paid above average wages. They receive skills training, medical benefits, retirement funds, paid maternity leave,Β free eye exams and glasses and access to interest-free loans.