Shortly after her family moved to
Bangladesh, she started the organization in 2004. Her interest in social
enterprise started with a basic question: “How do you create
sustainable employment without debt or radical change in lifestyle for
rural women?” – She realized that morally it was necessary for her to
put whatever limited skills she had to some use to help them in a small
way. She has always loved crafts and the women of Bangladesh make
beautiful things as part of their culture and heritage. So it was not
such a great leap to teach some knitting and crochet skills and start to
make toys that would likely have an eager customer base and could
potentially bring sustainable and flexible employment to rural and
Soon enough her husband was working with
her full-time setting up new rural production centers and arranging
training courses as they were expanding. She mentioned: “Now sometimes, I
miss those early days sitting cross-legged on the floor in a remote
village teaching groups of women to knit and learning Bangla from them
at the same time, but I’m excited about where Pebble now is and the hope
it brings to all the women we work with.”What started out as a question and a personal investment of $500,
resulted three years later in an ongoing enterprise that created
employment for over 3,500 women in Bangladesh. The goal is to become a
catalyst for change, with simple commercial ideas, combined with
inexpensive labor to deliver quality products and meaningful flexible
employment. Thus, she was recognized for her work in the 2009 New Year's
Honours list with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
from the Queen of England and is increasingly taking an active part in
highlighting the alternative path to poverty alleviation: Social
Nee-naw, nee-naw. Our police car rattle is the just the right size for little hands to grab and shake. Hand-crocheted in soft blue and white yarn, it comes with a bright red siren on top.
At Pebble we like to think that our toys spread smiles worldwide: the ladies who make them in Bangladesh smile because the toys bring them work, the parents smile because the toys keep their babies happy and enable them to shop with a conscience and the babies smile – well you can see why! We hope you love this little rattle as much as we do.
All Pebble products are made in Bangladesh by the extremely talented and capable artisans at Hathay Bunano ps. We love their workmanship and we love rural Bangladesh. Pebble toys are our small contribution to supporting families in rural Bangladesh, to removing the need for economic migration to the cities and to providing women with flexible working opportunities which are close to their homes.
Pebble products are made entirely by hand with natural materials and as such there will be slight variations in size, colour and design in line with the unique nature of this product.
Materials: 100% cotton with 100% polyester fill.
Size: height approx 20cm, width approx 12cm
Care instructions: machine washable at 40 degrees and can be tumble dried on a low setting
These blankets were made to please babies and mummies alike. They are bright and colourful in super contemporary shades with a hand crochet edging. They are a great size as a swaddling blanket for newborns and a great size as a buggie blanket as your little one gets bigger. Why not team it up with a matching hat?
Materials: 100% cotton
Size: height approx 85cm, width approx 95cm