Helpful hands on one another, stitches the country together: A story about ‘Hathay Bunano’

With the intensifying demand for effective measures to preserve and protect the environment, we have come across various strategies and innovations that project a more vibrant way of shielding the environment in order to reserve its serene splendor for the future. In case of Bangladesh, the number of measures adapted is on the rise, however, slower than what can be seen in the developed countries across the globe.

One of the many individuals who took steps in making a change, Samantha Morshed, a British national, initiated an environment friendly measure of manufacturing esteemed products, naming, Hathay Bunano (hand-made). As the name suggests, this initiative highlighted the varied ways which can be practiced in order to meet consumer demands of creating extra ordinary products.

Specifically asserting, Hathay Bunano is a non-profit organization that was started on 2004. The endless dedication and treasured talents that the Bangladeshi women possessed in fields of crafting and knitting amazed Samantha as her husband guided her in exploring the countryside on her foremost visit to Bangladesh on 2004. As a result, Samantha sealed the choice she had made of providing these talented women with a base where these skills will be valued and prove to be beneficial, hence allowing sustainable and flexible employment reach the rural and disadvantaged women, helping them to help themselves.

Hathay Bunano began by setting up numerous rural production centres along with apposite training courses in order to deploy the employees firmly enough to keep the movement of creating an eco-friendly work procedure going. Nonetheless, Hathay Bunano uses a groundbreaking and much-needed model of rural production to take the less skilled and time consuming tasks to the villages, creating jobs for thousands of young women who are limited to economic opportunities. This also provides them with an alternative way of travelling to the city for working unsafe hours in garments and then spending most of their income on rent and food in unsanitary slums. As quoted, “Hathay Bunano employs over 6,500 women in well-paid and relatively high-quality jobs in rural areas, helping reduce poverty in a country where 40% of our 160 million people live on less than $1 a day.”

Interestingly, Hathay Bunano owns the expertise of producing upscale products from used materials like rags, clothes or even waste material, hence maximizing the tradition of recycling goods. Hathay Bunano uses these materials as their raw products to produce high quality goods like dolls, kitchen accessories, clothes, bed sheets and so on. These newly made products not only has met a huge demand in the local markets, but also has earned a position in international demands for export and exhibitions. Nonetheless, to highlight the progress of this uprising organization, Westin, the chain-hotel in Bangladesh has accommodated a store in their premises, under the ownership of Pebble. Not-to-forget, Hathay Bunano is one of the few top-notch organizations who have succeeded in meeting extraordinary product delivery along with making the best use of the available resources that is also environment friendly. Hence, this has proven to be an example for other rising organizations to learn from.

One of many toys made by Hathay Bunano. Photo Courtesy: Hathay Bunano
One of many toys made by Hathay Bunano.Photo Courtesy: Hathay Bunano

To add more, by developing 64 low-overhead rural production centres, Hathay Bunano provided women with the opportunity of working within walking distance of their homes, along with highly flexible working hours that accommodate the cycles of the agricultural seasons and other family responsibilities. Hence, amongst the continuous row of accomplishments that Hathay Bunano witnessed were international conferences, worldwide recognition from renowned organizations and approvals for setting up centres in exotic tourist destinations like the Sundarbans. To sum up, Hathay Bunano promises to showcase a remarkable and pioneering showdown of actions and approaches that confirm the progress of environment friendly development in the country today.

Female worker busy with making toys.
Female worker busy with making toys.

To know more about Hathay Bunano and the brand Pebble, please visit the website.

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