Dhaka Handicrafts Ltd. helps extremely poor artisans in remote areas of Bangladesh struggling to sustain a craft-based livelihood. Your purchase helps them create a sustainable income where few other options exist. Generations of skilled Bangladeshi artisans are able to earn an income from craft, preserving this country's fine hand-crafting heritage.
Begun in 1976 by Swiss-owned Enfants du Monde to help impoverished craft makers, Dhaka Handicrafts today is artisan owned. The organization empowers nearly 1,500 rural artisans working in 30 cooperatives to improve their skills, income, and production capacity, and offers interest-free advances to purchase raw materials, encourages innovation, and opens the door to international export opportunities. More than 90% of Dhaka's artisans are women; most work from home. Priority is given to developing women's leadership and decision-making skills, and to providing equal gender pay, income for widows, healthcare for new mothers, and education for girls. Self-reliance is encouraged through a savings plan and improved sanitation, and the organization distributes saplings to families to promote reforestation.
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