Product: Handwoven natural fibres rugs and home furnishing products
Participants: 6,990 people, 6020 for IKEA.
Karuppanya is a social business in the rural areas of Bangladesh. Operations began over 15 years ago with the intention of creating jobs for the rural population of Bangladesh, to enable people to stay with their families, and to provide an alternative to the heavy urbanisation that leads over-population in cities, such as the main capital, Dhaka. They work with a holistic view, using natural materials like jute and wool to produce handcrafted products. Karuppanya aims to reduce negative environmental impact as much as possible by using natural cooling systems, solar cells and biogas.
The co-workers are mainly women from local villages, as well as disadvantaged youth and people from transgender communities.
The co-workers are given development training and are – among other benefits – offered free medical treatment, as well as operating a local grocery store with reduced prices for the families.