In Bangladesh, leather craftsmen who have over 20 years-experience usually receive a salary of around $250 per month.
However, the cost of living for regular households is more than $200 without social security.
In this case, people need extra money for emergency costs like health care, children's education, social events like weddings,
socializing like dinners or shopping with family, and overseas travel.
They have skills in each profession and work hard with pride just like us. If so, why are they not simply treated same way as us?
Our agenda is to simply share 1/5 of the company's profits among craftsmen, staff, and companies in Bangladesh & Japan.
20% of net profits are shared after deducting all costs including basic salaries of all members.
FAIRNESS BE A DEFAULT IN OUR LIFE
One of Jillanie’s missions is "We Make & Sell Bags Fairly as it should be."
If a craftsman who used to get $250 per month, receives $500 or more per month, the benefit spreads from him to his family, the community and the society in which he is involved. This is the most simple and powerful gift our brand can give and promotes a world to be naturally good.
It’s natural that each of us has own dreams & goals, expectations for the future, such as an ideal family life, and the right and desire to be treated fairly. Everyone wants to lead a peaceful and productive life.
This is the reason why Jillanie believes that fairness should be natural in our life and we walk this way with our craftsmen.
A CRAFTSMAN'S STORY
Our partner craftsman, Faruk was born in Kishorgonj village. After finishing secondary school, he went to the capital city of Dhaka, relying on his big brother who was already working there as a craftsman. His career started in 1993 as a leather craftsman, and he now has 25 years of experience.
He has three young daughters now, but he sleeps in our workshop alone.
Because work is unstable in Bangladesh, he often needs to change his job from one place to another. Furthermore, since there is no security for him to provide his wife and daughters with basic living necessities in the city, he felt village life is better for them.
Now, it has been 10 years since they decided to live apart.
Once in a while, he goes back to his village and spends time together with them. He loves singing, and he loves fishing. Now his only dream is to give his daughters a good education because he discovered that it makes life easier.
“Actually with little money, we never dream big, and we never even think about it, so it’s tough for me to say that. Maybe once money comes in my hand, then I can think about what my dream should be.”