• Bangladesh is pronounced [bahng-gluh-desh].
  • Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries and one of the poorest, with approximately 82 percent of population living on less than $2 a day
  • Bangladesh is in southern Asia between India and Burma and bordering the Bay of Bengal.
  • Poverty affects so many in different ways. For women, prostitution is generally one of their only options in many communities. 

Trades of Hope is honored to partner with groups from Bangladesh to help sell their beautiful products for a fair wage. Because of these sales, women in the sex industry are able to break free and find alternative work. Some of these women are shunned because they are widowed or divorced. Through this partnership, they no longer have to search for work and are able to provide for themselves while being part of this artisan community. Other women living in rural areas are also given the opportunity to receive job training, product creation and leadership skills. Creating these products has given these women a chance to stay at home with their children while earning an income. They are truly businesswomen and international designers!


Sajeda Begum

A fellow artisan describes Sajeda as “very smart and energetic” and after hearing more about her story, we couldn’t agree more. Sajeda lives in a small village where she never learned how to read or write. When Sajeda’s family separated for a short time, she was left to provide for her family. Although Sajeda was married, her husband’s work was at a brick factory in another village and he was not able to provide or see her often. This left Sajeda very vulnerable. She decided to develop a skill in embroidery and after years of refining her craft, she met an artisan partnering with Trades of Hope who shared about the opportunities working with this group. 

Now, Sajeda is the supervisor over all embroidery and has even learned how to craft jute handles. She has also bought a few new items for the first time including a color TV, three goats and one young calf. She is happy to be able to send her kids to school! Her family is now cared for because Sajeda had the opportunity to thrive. Sajeda tells us she is so happy to receive orders and says, “Now I have no fear…. I am fully self-reliant.” She can now look into her future as an empowered woman.


Anu Begum

Anu Begum is from a rural village from the southern part of Bangladesh. Before partnering with Trades of Hope, Anu worked in a garment factory. In the garment factory, work consisted of heavy labor, long hours and very little pay. When Anu became pregnant, she decided to leave the garment factory because she ultimately wanted the ability to spend more time with her child.

Now, Anu has found a partnership with Trades of Hope. She is able to send her child to school, provide and spend more time with her family. Anu says she is proud to partner with Trades of Hope’s artisan group, “because it focuses on women’s empowerment and upgrading the standard of living of women specifically [with] good salary, better workings environment, work times schedule and weekly holiday.”