About Pebble - Hathay Bunano
Handmade, fairtrade toys and gifts for Malaysian babies and children, made by craftswomen in Bangladesh.
The Story Behind
Hathay Bunano, which means “hand made“ in Bangla, was founded in 2004 by Briton Samantha Morshed, who moved from the United Kingdom with her British Bangladesh husband. Samantha realised that she had a moral obligation to put whatever skills she had to use, to help in any way. The women of Bangladesh make beautiful things as part of their culture and heritage, so it was not a great leap to teach them knitting and crochet skills - creating a sustainable and flexible employment option for disadvantaged rural women.
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Pebble products are made by Hathay Bunano, a non-profit fairtrade organisation in Bangladesh. Hathay Bunano means ´hand made´ or ´hand knitted´ in Bangla.
Its mission is to create, fairly paid, good quality, flexible and local employment for rural women, whose job prospects are otherwise minimal.
Samantha’s husband joined her in setting up rural production centres and arranging training courses as Hathay Bunano expanded. It now employs more than 12000 people – predominantly women – in 202 rural production units. Pebble Child products are available in hundreds of boutiques and gift shops around the world, supporting the women of Bangladesh to be self-reliant and provide for their families.
The Social Cause
When you decide to buy a Pebble toy, you help to improve the situation in Bangladesh, by:
- Women empowerment
- Reducing family migration
- Stopping child labour
- Reducing early marriage
- Preschool & crèche facilities
- Reducing violence against women
- Increasing the education rate of women
Pebble Child products are made from 100% cotton and are perfect gifts for newborn babies, birthdays, Malaysian celebrations around the year and other special occasions. The Pebble collection includes an organic cotton range, making them kinder on new-born skin.
Our rattles, baby blankets and toys are created with love and provide much needed employment for the women who make them.
Choose handmade and fairtrade.