Tarayana focuses on three core ideas in their work: (i) Life Improvement (by improving housing conditions; providing access to medical treatment; and undertaking food and nutrition programs and support for senior citizens/community members with special needs; (ii) Skills (by supporting the development of arts and crafts programs, and undertaking green technology and micro-finance programs; and (iii) Education (by organizing volunteer programs in school curricula, and providing scholarships and other educational opportunities). Headquarters staff and Field Officers alike work to put "Gross National Happiness" philosophy into action.
For example, we were informed that nettle weaving is specific to the region where nettles can be found, but had been in the process of being abandoned. Tarayana helped to resuscitate this crafts form in a marketable way to provide an additional source of income stream to the community. Nettle weaving is an intensive and arduous process by which the thorny, coarse nettle is gathered, and then spun into beautiful, soft thread. The thread is then woven on a handloom to be made in to fabric that is then sewn into textile goods such as shoulder totes. Tarayana has helped to organize the nettle weaving co-operative where women participate in the sourcing and manufacturing process, with sales of the products going back to the participants.