In the Bengali language basha means "house" and asha means "hope." Basha opened its doors on May 1, 2011. That day fourteen women joined Basha's Dhaka office ready to begin a new life. Three years later Basha had grown to include three offices in two Bangladesh districts, employing more than triple the original number of women. BASHA dreams of a day when women are not at risk of exploitation and no longer live in fear.
Basha exists to provide secure employment for women at risk and survivors of trafficking. Each woman's story varies, but for each her circumstances have put her at high risk of harm or resulted in exploitation. They work with employees' children too, ensuring the cycle of poverty and victimization is broken. Everyone who works at Basha understands that Basha is collectively their business. Each women's role is essential to their success and every voice is heard.
Basha procures re-purposed saris that have been time-softened to create each kantha throw and cushion. They match contrasting saris which are then hand-stitched into one-of-a-kind pieces. The kantha is BASHA's symbol representing beauty emerging from the discarded and broken - lives being made whole stitch by stitch.
Their products celebrate and enrich both Bangladesh and the world it’s a part of. Their designs aim to reflect the heritage and craftsmanship so rich in this region. From sourcing materials through to production and movement of products, they try to make a positive contribution to the local economy and leave a light tread on the earth.