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SWALLOWS


Swallows is based in an idyllic, rural village, Thanapara Swallows, near the Ganges River in northwest Bangladesh.

Swallows was set up to provide opportunities for women after the village was devastated in 1971, when all the adult males were massacred during the war of independence.

As a women's project, even hand weaving, which is normally considered mens' work, is done by women. The natural and azo-free dyed yarns are hand woven into fabrics, then hand embellished with embroidery and tailored. Profits from Fair Trade help cover the running costs of the Swallows school and People Tree started a day care centre for the workers' babies and toddlers in 2007.

Mrs Gini Ali, Assistant Director at Swallows, feels that discrimination and lack of opportunity for women in Bangladesh are the biggest barriers to improving living conditions there. She says:

"The Fair Trade principles applied by People Tree have created economic stability for Swallows, allowing it to become an independent organisation, this has led to the empowerment of the women of Thanapara."
 
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