In light of Fashion Revolution Week and the five year anniversary of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, I wanted to highlight Apolis’ efforts in empowering artisan women in Bangladesh, through their partnership with Saidpur Enterprises.
Bangladesh’s clothing and textile manufacturing business is notorious for their oppressive working conditions in their garment factories. Saidpur Enterprises decided to do things differently by choosing to empower their workers, providing them opportunity rather than oppression.
Saidpur works with 75 artisan women who hand craft beautifully made jute market bags. The women receive Fair Trade wages, annual profit dividends, and a retirement fund.
With 180,000 bags and counting, Apolis and Saidpur Enterprises are creating opportunity for their entire supply chain - from farmers to manufacturers.
The perfect carrier for picnics, trips to the farmer’s market, or an afternoon at the beach, the Market Bag has a waterproof lining and a personal pocket built into it.
Check out Apolis’ video below of the inspiring story of Mohammad Ghayassudin, General Manager of Saidpur Enterprises.