Saidpur Enterprises is a certified fair trade organisation from Saidpur, a city in Northern Bangladesh. Their two social enterprises employ 98 local women who often live difficult lives and have limited job opportunities. They are taught how to create beautiful, eco-friendly bags and gift cards, while safe employment and fair wages helps improve their livelihood and that of their families.
The organisation enables women to work from their homes and also be part of a successful enterprise, providing valuable leadership and business training skills. They receive medical benefits, yearly dividends and there is a development fund to provide emergency relief to families when needed. Personal and professional development is encouraged, and the artisans will often move on to start their own small businesses once they master the crafts.