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17th March 2017

Working with fishing communities

The coastal areas of Bangladesh are one of the areas that we work in with the fishing communities.  Making Pebble toys can be done anywhere.   That’s part of the beauty of it.   Remote locations are not a problem for us and we can successfully teach anyone who wants to learn, to knit or […]

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15th February 2017

New preschool in Shatkira

We love setting up a new preschool.    It connects our vision of creating dignified work today with the vision of tomorrow through the children of the artisans.  Pebble and Hathay Bunano are one big family.   A fabulous collaboration which needs all of us in order to maximise everyone’s potential.   That’s what I […]

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29th January 2017

Climate change in Bangladesh

Climate change is a very real risk in Bangladesh and its affecting thousands of people right now.   It’s not something that might happen in the future.   It’s happening right now and people are relocating because of it.   In a country where people already have a difficult life and only their incredible resilience […]

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6th October 2016

Shopna’s story from a fishing village

Shopna’s story begins in her village called Kauartec which is in Manpura upozilla of Bhola district in the area of Barisal.   Her story is a familiar one in that area where most of the women are married to fishermen who catch the Hilsha fish.  The Hilsa fish is the national fish of Bangladesh.   Shopna has two sons […]

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24th July 2016

Fishing communities

Barisal is located in the southern part of Bangladesh.   This area is known as the land of rivers, canals and ponds because everywhere you look it appears there is water.   As such fishing is the main source of income for people in this area.    Barisal is also known as home of the […]

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20th July 2016

Conservation in action

Everyone knows that Pebble is about bringing much needed employment to women in remote and rural locations.  It’s about ensuring that work fits in with the rhythm of their daily lives and provides income for them to support their families.  There are also often other benefits to the work that Pebble and Hathay Bunano do.   […]

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30th November 2015

Festive winds in Vamia Uttorpara

The Sundarbans is a place of natural biodiversity where thousands of birds and wild animals live. It is the world’s largest mangrove forest. Different types of unknown green trees were found in Sundarbans. Not only Bengali but also foreigners come here to see all the natural beauty every year. Kholpetua is the near the River […]

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14th October 2015

ITEC Day 2015

ITEC is the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme of the Indian Government.  It is under this programme that ladies from the HBPS rural production centres are able to apply to go to Barefoot College in India for 6 months training to become solar engineers.   It’s a great opportunity for them but also for […]

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12th October 2015

Daily Samakal article

We were delighted to see the case study of Kulsuma in the Daily Samakal this week.  The Daily Samakal is a national Bangla daily newspaper with a large circulation.    Since the original article is in Bangla we have provided a translation of it here  Somokal_12-20-2015_Life_Changing_Story_of_Kulshuma.   The link to the original in Bangla is here. […]

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17th September 2015

New trainees going to Barefoot College

There are 4 ladies selected for Barefoot Solar engineering and rain water harvesting course for this year. They are Kohinur Begum (43), Razia Sultana (36), Sakhina Begum (43), Salaha Begum (36). These 4 ladies are from Khagrachari hill district where most of the people are highly deprived from govt facilities. Development is going very slow […]

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23rd August 2015

Monsoon

Bangladesh is well known for the rain and the floods.   Indeed it rains a lot and every year the land floods.   Occasionally there is a really bad flood and then it reaches the news and this is what most people know about Bangladesh.    But the land needs the floods and the crop […]

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10th August 2015

New preschool

We were delighted this week to open a new preschool in Belkuchi, Sirajganj.   Sirajganj is a char area with lots of small islands in the river.   Life on the chars is particularly difficult because they are cut off from the mainland and there is little economic activity or opportunity on the chars.   […]

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23rd July 2015

Fatema from Borosora

Fatema lives in Cox’s Bazar in a village called Borosora in Himsori.    Cox’s Bazar is in the far south of Bangladesh with the longest sandy beach in the world and surrounded by forest.    It’s distance from Dhaka and even Chittagong, the second city of Bangladesh, is such that there is little economic activity […]

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20th June 2015

Kahiniwalla visit Cox’s Bazar

We were delighted this week to welcome Austin Miller, one of the co-founders of Kahiniwalla, back to Bangladesh.    Austin is not new to Bangladesh and lived in Dhaka for a number of years.  In fact two of his three boys were born in Bangladesh.   We were delighted when Austin returned to the US […]

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22nd March 2015

Birth control in Bangladesh

One of the very real development success stories in Bangladesh over the past 2 decades has been that of birth control.   My husband is Bangladeshi and was one of 5 children and this was very common back in the 1960s and 1970s when he was born.   But Bangladesh is a small country – […]

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23rd February 2015

3 women over 40

It’s a controversial subject today!   Never ask a woman her age – that’s the rule.   If anyone asks me, I always say I’m 25 and in fact I’ve been 25 for so long that if I really need my real age, for some official purpose, then I would have to calculate it.   […]

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14th February 2015

3 women from Himsori

We recently set up a new centre at Himsori, Sukna Sora in Cox’s Bazar.    Whilst Cox’s Bazar is a tourist area, it is also a very poor area.     Naturally many people try to eek out a living from the forests in the area by chopping down the trees and selling the wood. […]

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12th February 2015

Update on the Best Years funded preschool

Back on 8th December 2014, I wrote a blog showing you the opening of a new preschool in the Sundarbans, funded by the customers of our UK distributor, Best Years Ltd.   Liz and Gaynor were visiting Bangladesh from the UK and took the opportunity to open the school themselves while visiting the Hathay Bunano […]

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9th February 2015

Starting production work in Cox’s Bazar

On 15th December 2014, I wrote a blog about the inauguration of new centres in Cox’s Bazar in collaboration with Winrock International, under the CREL project (Climate Resistant Environment and Livelihoods project) funded by USAID.   These centres are now coming to the end of their training and the women are excited to be starting production […]

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28th January 2015

Bernadette visited Cox’s Bazar

We were so happy to have Bernadette Dawson with us from Australia this week.   For more than 5 years Bernadette has been the Pebble distributor in Australia where she also runs her lovely shop.    But this is the first time that she has visited us in Bangladesh and gone out to meet the […]

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