One of the really special things about getting to do the work that we do at Lydali is hearing about the mothers and fathers who are able to provide for their families through the work that they do. With Mother's Day being celebrated on May 12 here in the US, we thought it would be appropriate to share some stories of the mothers who make some of the products you see on Lydali.
Basha is a social enterprise based in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. Women living in the slums of Dhaka are often forced into work they would not choose for themselves, and many are unemployed. To help them build better life, Basha trains women in the skills needed to produce kantha scarves, throws, and quilts, and they provide many benefits in addition to reliable salaries. Basha focuses on enriching the lives of their employees in addition to providing employment, and one of the wonderful services Basha offers is day care and school support and sponsorship, making it easy for mothers to work and create a better future for their children.
Craftworks Cambodia employs a network of home-based artisans in Cambodia, allowing them to work flexible hours and be paid for the products they create. Vy Wan, pictured above, is able to sew beautiful scarves from her home while taking care of her baby (pictured beside her sleeping while she works).
Above is little Grace, whose mother Nancy is the lead artisan at Sasa. Grace comes to the jewelry room every day after school to say hi to her mom. In the above photo she's being held by Dinah, another employee of Sasa, who is expecting a child of her own very soon!
We're thrilled to be able to help mothers around the world have sustainable employment as artisans. If you're looking for a gift for your own mother, we've got some favorite gifts for moms that we've pulled together made by mothers that we partner with globally. Shop for your mom, and share in the comments what you think she would like best from Lydali!