Bangladesh has been a priority of Traidcraft since it started, and this tour takes us to producer groups who featured in the first ever catalogue. It is a beautiful country of friendly people, fertile farmland, winding waterways and a fascinating architectural heritage. As well as sampling the tastes, sights and sounds that distinguish Bangladeshi culture you will have an opportunity to meet the producers behind fair trade in Bangladesh and visit development projects that address the problems caused by war and flooding. You are unlikely to find a tour that visits so many different fair trade organisations and gives you the opportunity to learn and enjoy so much.
Since the birth of the fair trade organisation Prabartana in 1986, our tour guide Shamim, and his colleagues have been assisting fabric producers and organic farmers to get a fair deal. Their sister organisation Ajiyer was set up in 2002 to give visitors an opportunity to learn about Bangladeshi culture, crafts and biodiversity from the people. Himself a fabric designer, Shamim is currently President of the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh and has a deep knowledge of and passion for his country.
“The producer visits were absolutely fantastic.”
“Above my expectations, well run and opened my eyes to more of the country”
“Shamim was excellent in every way and it was quite clear how passionate he is about his country, fair trade and women’s rights. Very knowledgeable.”
“It was great to hear farmers talk about the difference the project had made to their lives and also to see the village.”
“Loved every minute of it, literally the experience of a life time.”
“This was exactly what we were looking for. We met the people, were able to talk to them, experience their lives and culture.”
All accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
75% meals provided
2 train journeys
1 long road transfer
7 producer visits including 6 Traidcraft suppliers
2 development project visits including 1 Traidcraft Exchange Project
1 boat trip
3 tourist visits
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