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Invite love into your home with a fair trade pillow, featuring two coconut shell buttons on the back. The carefully concealed stitching in each letter shows the skill of the maker's hand, embracing the meaning of the message spelled out over the front: "Love Lives Here." The neutral colors in this pillow match well with any décor.
HANDCRAFTED IN BANGLADESH
Rishilpi, a nonprofit, nongovernmental development organization in southwest Bangladesh, was founded to improve the lives of people of the Rishi caste. "Rishilpi" is formed from two Bengali words, "Rishi," denoting the caste, and "shilpi," meaning artist or craftsman. Rishi, traditionally leather workers, for centuries have lived at the margins of Bengali society. Generally landless, with no easy access to schools, many struggled in a continual search for work to survive. In addition to income generation, Rishilpi conducts relief and development work in rural Bangladesh communities. Benefits to artisans include education sponsorship, health care, microcredit savings programs and early marriage prevention support for their adolescent daughters. Ten Thousand Villages has purchased products from Rishilpi Handicrafts Limited since 1983.