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Gift Tote - Ubuntu

Made in Bangladesh
by artisan women using sustainable jute fabric

$ 14.00  |   WAITLIST

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The phrase Ubuntu means, “I am because we are,” and evokes a sentiment of universal humanity. We designed this tote with our partners at the Charlize Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) as a reminder of the importance of taking care of one another, no matter the distance or our differences. 50 percent of every purchase will support CTAOP and its mission to advance HIV prevention, health, education, and community support for African youth. CTAOP provides funding, building capacity, and awareness to the work of its Program Partners and the youth they serve.

Each purchase empowers makers at CORR - The Jute Works in Bangladesh.

Fair Trade Tote | The Little Market

As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.

Details

  • Approximately 10" wide x 12" tall x 6" deep.
  • Care instructions: Spot clean exterior. Wipe interior clean with damp cloth.
  • Laminated interior is water-resistant. 
  • Materials: LDPE lamination coated jute fabric, AZO-free ink.
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur.
About The Artisans

About The Artisans

CORR - The Jute Works

CORR - The Jute Works empowers destitute, rural women in Bangladesh through handicraft production. The women artisans, who are mostly illiterate, make beautiful handicrafts with local materials during free time between household activities. CORR - The Jute Works not only creates market access, but also provides job training and develops leadership skills. The women are able to supplement their marginal family income, contributing towards better living conditions.
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THE TECHNIQUE

Durable and environmentally conscious, these meaningful bags are made from locally sourced, ready-made jute fibers, which grow well in Bangladesh’s climate. CORR - The Jute Works has a sewing center in Mirerbazar and works with producer groups within the city of Dhaka to sew these bags. This process can take approximately an hour and half based on the sizes, designs, and materials, without accounting for screen printing. Our Product Development and Design Team at The Little Market works together to provide hand-lettering and font styles that are then screen-printed by hand using AZO-free reactive colors at CORR - The Jute Works. We are proud to work with the skilled artisans as they preserve a technique that is passed down across generations. Every piece is an intricately designed work of art.
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About The Country

Bangladesh

Sitting on the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh shares its borders with India, Nepal and Burma. With a population of 152 million, Bangladesh is the world’s 8th most populated country. It is also a very densely populated country, with a poverty rate of 31.5%. After 15 years under military rule, democracy was restored in Bangladesh in 1990, however the political scene remains volatile. Girls now outnumber boys in primary schools because of effective education policy that has been implemented. Yet, Bangladesh has the highest rate of marriage in the world for girls under 15. In 2013, thousands of workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed, which has led to some progress in ensuring better safety regulations in garment factories.
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About The Country
About Fair Trade

About Fair Trade

Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.
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