Basha opened its doors in Bangladesh on 1 May 2011. That day fourteen women joined Basha’s Dhaka office ready to begin a new life. What is amazing is that by 2017, Basha had grown to include five production sites, employing well over 100 women in just 6 years!
They offer the women a safe and caring work environment, pay a liable wage, establish a savings program, and provide training and life skills development. They are committed to the ten fair trade principles and are a member of ECOTA, a local fair trade certifier in Bangladesh. While the women work, their children are being cared for, educated, and given opportunities they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
More information of their values and practices are available here
Through Basha's charitable arm, Friends of Basha, they also have a training
programme, a drop in centre, medical care, counselling and life skill training for these women, a home for young girls, and are continuing to develop programmes to help women and children escape exploitation.
Today, driven by the needs of the many thousands of women in Bangladesh who are forced into lives they are deeply ashamed of, Basha passionately continues to create alternative opportunities one job at a time – through sales of our life-giving, one-of-a-kind products. Its founder, Robin, says the most powerful impact for her was watching the sharp pain from abuse and trauma being replaced with hope and peace on the women's faces.
Watch what is involved in created their home decor product with ancient artisan methods.
Basha continues to grow and with the passion to create alternative opportunities for the women at risk and survivors of trafficking, they do it by carefully creating unique products.