Tell us a little about you, Ruma.
I like to spend time with my nieces and nephews. I enjoy talking with my friends. I do not have any children but I love kids. I also love to work.
What country were you born in? Tell us a little about it.
I was born in Bangladesh, it is a very beautiful country. It has rivers and farms but it also has big cities. I liked to live there because my family is there.
Tell us about your journey to America.
I came to America in 2001, I did not enjoy it here at first but I like it now. It was hard because I was not familiar with the new environment.
When did you start working at Better Life Bags? And what is it like?
I started working at Better Life Bags in 2014. I like to work there. I did work somewhere else but I prefer Better Life Bags more.
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?
I learned that even if we are different we can still communicate and get along. I like to work with the people around me.
What does you family think about you working at Better Life Bags? And what has having a job done for you personally?
My family and husband are fine with me working at BLB. It makes me feel like I can still do something because my at former job I had to quit due to medical issues.
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.
Your purchase matters!