Aarong works with over 65,000 artisans from craft clusters all across Bangladesh
Potters, brass workers, jewelers, jute workers, basket weavers, handloom and silk weavers, wood carvers and leather workers and embroiders are but some of the skilled people who make Aarong what it is.
Our craft supply chain has artisans from various parts of Bangladesh. 30,000 of these skilled craftspeople work through the Ayesha Abed Foundation (AAF) and its network of 15 production centers and over 700 hand embroidery sub-centres spread across Bangladesh. The rest of the 35,000 artisans work in independent workshops and traditional family-based artisan groups and produce for Aarong.
Cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises make up a vast part in our supply chain.
Aarong grew from BRAC’s mission to empower women in rural communities across Bangladesh. Aarong’s work with artisans came with an opportunity to earn an income in areas where employment opportunities were limited, especially for women.