Surjomukhi , a fair trade organization was founded in Bangladesh in 1994 .The organization presently has 25 artisans, the majority being women. the artisans have ongoing training to improve their skills and meet the challenges of innovativeness, design, efficiency, and aesthetic taste .
Benefits provided by Surjomukhi to the producers are:
Allowance for medical treatment
Advance payment access for the producers
Interest free loan access
100% bonus wages for artisans ( total wages for year divided by 12 months) .
Extra motivational prize for the best performer of every month.
Wages are paid the last working day of each month.
Maternity allowances for artisans who have worked at Surjomukhi for at least two years.
Safe working environment with sufficient lighting, ventilation, sanitation and drinking water.
Celebration annual cultural party for staff, artisans and their families on the occasion of Surjomukhi’s Birthday (18th June )
Production is hampered during the monsoon season as many roads are under flood, and access to the production unit by the artisans is sometimes impossible. At this time , some of the artisans are also affected by the floods. Surjomukhi hopes that with increased international market access, they will be able to set up a new production unit, and be able to employ and empower more artisans . Surjomukhi is a member of the Fair Trade Federation