Productor / CORR The Jute Works

The Jute Works (CJW) began in 1973 with the objective of supporting Bengali women after the War of Independence with Pakistan. Traditionally, these women would stay at home and did not have access to conventional jobs. CORR-The Jute Works helps them gain an income from the production of craftwork that they work on from home and to be distributed through Fair Trade channels.

The name of the co-operative gives a clue as to which material it uses the most: jute. Around a quarter of the population's income is derived from jute. It is so important that the government even has a “jute ministry” (“Ministerio del yute”).

Craftswomen are CJW's main concern and it dedicates its resources to fulfilling their needs. This organisation doesn't only encourage women's participation in society but also promotes corporate ethics on a national level and awards microcredits to development projects.

CJW currently employs around 7,000 women throughout the country, distributed in more than 200 co-operatives in nineteen districts. They deal directly with the head office without middlemen. Craftswomen often work an average of four or five hours a day from home.

The profit obtained through Fair Trade sales is shared between the craftswomen and is used for different social improvements. Progressively, this organisation has also become an active presence that brings real answers to the population's needs. It offers training and environmental education and has improved the drinking water supply, the access to latrines and has provided medical support in natural disasters.

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This English translation has been possible thanks to the project: Free translation of websites for NGOs and non-profit-making organizations. A project managed by Mondo Services. Translator: Rosisein Kelly