Prokritee

 

Prokritee, meaning "nature" in Bengali, provides employment to rural, disadvantaged women, many of whom are widows, single mothers, or heads-of-household with little or no income. 

 

Summary

  • Formed by the Mennonite Central Committee in 2001, driven by the goal that all rural women in Bangledesh, regardless of caste or creed, become valued, contributing members of society
  • Prokritee provides women with skills development training, design assistance, and sustainable links to new markets for their handicrafts
  • Prokritee specializes in sustainable, natural materials which mirrors the organization's commitment to integrity, simplicity, and non-violence
  • Focused on maximizing employment, not profits and seeks to preserve the cultural heritage of Bangladesh
  • Over 1,000 women work with Prokritee currently at their 10 handicraft centers 
  • By providing jobs for women, Prokritee improves women's standard of living and helps them send their children to school