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The 2020-2021 Purnaa Impact Report

by the Purnaa team

Purnaa Impact Report

Ethical manufacturing changes lives...How do we know?

Each year we conduct a quality of life survey and publish an Impact Report that gauges the tangible impact working at Purnaa has on Purnaa staff. Our mission is to create dignified employment that creates fresh starts and fulfilled lives for marginalized people and survivors of exploitation. We want to know if we're succeeding.

Here are a few highlights from the report to show you the impact of your manufacturing at Purnaa!

Purnaa by the Numbers

In 2020, the Purnaa team added 15 new hires to grow to 90 employees.

Purnaa employment numbers report

How Do We Conduct the Social Impact Report?

In order to evaluate our social impact and to assess where we can improve, we conduct a survey that is filled out by each of the staff at Purnaa. We administer the survey to new employees as soon as they are hired to get their baseline (before Purnaa) answers and then again annually as they work with us. The survey is a condensed version of a WHO quality of life assessment and has 33 questions. Individuals answer with their overall perceptions of quality of life or health. Most questions have a 5-point scale ranging from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. The questions assess the quality of life in 5 areas:


Physical Health

Emotional Health

Living Situations

Relationships With Others

Environmental Impact

This year, we started reporting key environmental impact metrics. Our goal is to always be making progress to minimizing our environmental impact in terms of energy consumption, water consumption, material waste, and the sustainability of the materials we use to make our products. As we grow, we'd like to see continuous improvement in these areas, especially our sustainable fabric usage.

Purnaa Sustainable Fabrics

The Impact of a Good Job

We compare life before and after being hired at Purnaa and how it had an impact on the ownership of basic goods. This chart demonstrates what a difference a good job can make in the quality of living standards for employees and their families. With 241 people dependent on the salaries of Purnaa staff, a job here can have a huge impact!

Purnaa Employee Ownership of Goods

Many employees say that the community and acceptance received at Purnaa is the most meaningful benefit of joining the company. This is may be unsurprising when one considers the histories of abuse and exploitation many have; however, these strong and encouraging relationships that have developed between the people at Purnaa are one of the impacts we are most happy about.

Measuring impact of a positive work community

Areas to Improve

We compare year by year to gauge whether Purnaa jobs are measurably improving the health and the wellbeing of our staff. We particularly pay attention to areas that need improvement. Over the last few years, we've noticed a decline in overall physical health scores. We believe this is due to increasing pollution in Kathmandu, staff with aging family members to take care of, and the results of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be working to address this area this year.

Average Employee Health Score

Making Your Impact

When you manufacture with Purnaa, you make this impact possible. You can learn more by downloading our full impact report here.

When a production partner manufactures their product with Purnaa, they create hours of valuable work that directly contributes to the livelihoods of Purnaa staff - not only affecting them but their families as well. Manufacturing has the power to do good, empowering people to fresh starts and fulfilled lives.

To be a part of this impact submit your design today!


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