Tell us a little about you, Shaheda.
I like to help people and I enjoy it. I have two children and I love my children.
What country were you born in? Tell us a little about it.
I was born in Bangladesh. My country looks very nice. There are lots of rivers, forests and nice beaches. Bangladesh people are very helpful and peaceful.
Tell us about your journey to America.
I moved to America Feb. 6, 2010. I missed my country first month because it was cold and very hard for me. The exciting thing was the system of this country.
When did you start working at Better Life Bags? And what is it like?
I started working in October 2013 at Better Life Bags. I like to work here and I feel really happy. I have learned to help and respect others.
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 think it is good that I work at Better Life Bags. I enjoy my time here and earn income.
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!