Our Jute Macrame products are made by artisans working within a non profit, non-government development organisation in Bangladesh, which was founded in 1977 to improve the lives of people of the "untouchable" Rishi caste. People of the Rishi caste have lived at the margins of Bengali society for centuries. Generally landless, with no easy access to schools, many struggled in a continual search for work to survive.
This organisation helps the Rishi's breach barriers confronting them in society by offering training in a range of skills, thereby creating employment in order to improve the quality of their lives and to help them maintain a sustainable livelihood. The production of handicrafts is regarded as a service to disadvantaged people rather than a commercial enterprise, run for profit. As such, the majority of the net profits are distributed among the producers as a dividend at the end of the financial year.
In addition the organisation offers a range of effective services to support the artisans & their families such as:
- Education Sponsorship for the artisans children
- Micro credit Savings Scheme
- Early Marriage Prevention Support for their adolescent daughters
- Hygiene, Sanitation & Nutrition education
- + relief and development work in rural Bangladesh communities where needed.