THE most popular Better Life Bag. The Clara tote is roomy, sturdy, and made to carry everything you need her to.
- 100% genuine leather bottom and handles
- Inside lining is a strong black canvas.
- Outside is wax canvas.
- Inside cell phone pocket.
- Inside zipper pocket.
- Cross body strap.
- Overall size: 13" wide x 14" tall.
- Strap length has a drop of 12"
- Cell phone pocket measures 5" x 6"
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Tell us a little about you, Karima.
I have eight kids. They live in Afghanistan. I enjoy when I see people live in peace. I love to be independent. I want my kids to live in peaceful situations very far from war and harassment. I want them to not suffer and go through what I went through. I enjoy breathing fresh air of peace. I do not want anymore war or fighting.
What country were you born in? Tell us a little about it.
I was born in Afghanistan. The mountainous country. People of Afghanistan have suffered from war for almost 50 years. Afghans are very talented people. They are brave and very famous in being hospitable. We have very delicious food and organic vegetables. Kabul Palau is our delicious and famous food.
Tell us about your journey to America.
I came to the USA in July 2014. Being away from my family and kids is very difficult for me. The first months and year was very difficult because I had no job, was away from family, in a new environment, and all these were the difficult moments I passed. I have friends in America now. They always ask on me and share their joys and happy moments with me. I appreciate it.
When did you start working at Better Life Bags? And what is it like?
I started working with BLB in December 2015. I enjoy working with them. We are a family working for betterment of each other. I love the environment. It is a friendly situation and we value on another.
There are so many cultures represented among the BLB employees. What have you learned form being around so many different races, religions, and cultures every day?
Family means we respect each other's races, religions, and cultures. We listen to one another and we learn from one another. I like the BLB friendly environment.
What does you family think about you working at Better Life Bags? And what has having a job done for you personally?
My husband is really happy for my job and wonderful people I am working with. I gained new experiences and skills at BLB. Also, I met and found new friends and family. I enjoy when I do the work exactly in the way it is supposed to be done.
As a company with a mission, we aim to create high quality products that make a difference in the lives of our employees. We want to bring a great product to you at a price without massive markups that other retailers attach to their product. Since we manufacture our own bags, we are able to cut out the middle man and bring you a great bag at a great price.
Many of our fabrics are made in the USA and we buy our supplies from as many small business owners as we can. But the truth is, we don't know the extent of the supply chain for all of our materials. Our goal is to have 90% of our materials be ethically sourced by the end of 2016.
Our bags are all made in the USA and we pay our seamstresses really well. They end up earning between $18-$25/hour depending on the bag and how proficient they become over time.
We have a great team of managers that help shepherd and guide our BLB family. Their salary is included in the overhead category along with all our monthly expenses like Internet, rent, utilities, machine repair, and insurance. You know, all the boring but necessary elements of running a sustainable business.
BACK INTO BLB:
This is the fun part. This is what is left over after a bag has been made. We use this to create fun advertising campaigns, offer gifts on purchases, start to develop new products, and provide interest free loans for our employees.
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