Tell us a little about you, Roushanara.
I have six children, one boy and five girls. I love to help people in need, I also love to spend time with my family.
What country were you born in? Tell us a little about it.
I was born in Bangladesh. I grew up in a very beautiful city. My father had a lot of land and my house was very big. Bangladesh is a beautiful country with nice warm weather.
Tell us about your journey to America.
I came to America in 1988. I lived in New York for 2 years. I was sad that I left my family behind in Bangladesh. It was hard for me to communicate with others because I could not speak the language. I liked going out to Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Bridge was my favorite place to go by at night; also the city was nice.
When did you start working at Better Life Bags? And what is it like?
I started working at Better Life Bags in Oct. 2013. I like the co-workers I work with and having Rebecca as a boss. I really like that I can wear my hijab to work and have a workplace with friendly people.
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 though we come from different cultures we share the same values. We each have respect for one another.
What does you family think about you working at Better Life Bags? And what has having a job done for you personally?
My family loves that I am working and being able to do my favorite hobby at the same time. Having a job allows me to spend my money whenever I need it. I also am able to give money to needy people in Bangladesh.
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!