The organisation SHOHOJOGITA is a Bangladeshi word which means “helping each other”.
The principal vision is to help the rural poor widowed, divorced and destitute women by creating employment for them.
SHOHOJOGITA is a non-profit and non-government social development organisation and is in the process of registration from the Social Welfare Department.
SHOHOJOGITA aims to establish a society free from exploitation, oppression and injustice.
It endeavours to establish a society where each individual will live in peace and harmony.
An environment that will also fairly share all of the resources belonging to the community.
One of the products used by Shohojogita is the recycled cement bag. A legacy of supplies dropped by NGO’s after cyclone SIDR. The plain cement bags were very much in demand when the NGO’s purchased them to carry vital medicine and rations to the affected people in outlying villages.
The bags are strong, durable, waterproof and very light.
When the women receive earnings from their craft work, they are able to spend the money on books, pencils, school fees, medicine, clothing and food.
If there is no work in craft production, the women will help their husbands, brothers, or sons in the paddy fields. This is hard, physical work.
The talented women artisans are organized in co-operative groups.
They are fully autonomous in managing group affairs by following co-operative principles.
At present more than 400/450 female and a few male artisans are working under the banner of this organisation.
The artisans learn how to save a portion of their earnings on a regular basis for future gainful investment.
Since the artisans are the main concerns of SHOHOJOGITA, all its efforts and resources are shared to meet their needs and provide benefit.
The textile products are produced by traditional handloom technology.
The producers are very skilled and talented although they have little or no education. They receive training from SHOHOJOGITA and are now able to produce the cloth themselves.
SHOHOJOGITA provides the raw material at lower prices and the producers are able to mix the dyes for color and take care of all other processes. They work with cooperative principles, getting fair-wages and other facilities.
Bangladeshi women have been using these looms since time immemorial and the weaving know-how is being passed on through the generations.
SHOHOJOGITA utilizes ancient style, and through training and skill development it produces various quality items, which offer sources of additional income for their families. This has proved that rural uplift is possible to empowering jobless women artisans.
SHOHOJOGITA wishes to preserve the culture, to encourage modern development and to sell products in the markets both locally and abroad.
Jute is a vegetable fibre derived from the bark of an annual reed like plant grown mainly subtropical areas of Asia: Bangladesh, India, China and some other countries.
It is one of the great natural fibres in the world. The fibre from this plant is extremely versatile and has a wide variety of uses.
Jute is bio-degradable and articles made from jute, unlike their synthetic counterparts, are easily decomposed. Thus, jute is the perfect ecological substitute for artificial fibres.
These women can easily produce many different types of crafts with jute applying their individual talent and expertise. They feel affection for and respect these kinds of work because the women have the possibility to attend to the family chores as well.
These traditional and highly advanced arts and craft are produced by the women in a delicate way that demands a lot of time and creativity.
SHOHOJOGITA is able to offer more employment to women who have no other means for livelihood.
If you buy, not only do you contribute to the livelihood of poor women, but you also assist to preserve the cultural heritage globally.
Text courtesy of Siham Craftlink Pty Ltd