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The Book Bag Company, a community interest, not-for-profit company, aims to contribute to the economic development of Bangladesh through fair trade and to the economic regeneration of Wigtown through enhancing employment opportunities.

The Book Bag Company is based on the experience and knowledge of three women, Ann Le Mare, Joy Cherkaoui and Angela Everitt, who visit fair trade producer groups and alternative trading organisations in Bangladesh. Angela Everitt runs the first second-hand bookshop to open in Wigtown, Galloway, when it became Scotland's National Book Town. Joy Cherkaoui is a community development worker in Dumfries & Galloway. Ann le Mare is undertaking research in Bangladesh into the impact of fair trade.

'There is no doubt that fair trade makes a difference to people's standards of living but it is also very clear that, for fair trade to really make a significant difference, more trading links need to be made. With this is mind, we are establishing a new company in Wigtown, the Book Bag Company'

The Book Bag Company is a wholesale company, importing and marketing products from IFAT registered organisations in Bangladesh: customised bags made from natural jute to your own design and a wide variety of handmade paper

Book Bag`s Products

The book bags are imported from corr – The Jute Works, an IFAT registered non-profit, handicraft marketing and exporting Trust in Bangladesh set up by Caritas in 1973 specifically to contribute to the rehabilitation of war-affected poor rural and urban women of Bangladesh by providing them with opportunities for economic independence through the production of handicraft items from jute. Jute is a strong natural fibre grown in abundance in Bangladesh. It is more environmentally friendly than plastic and, being an annual crop, there is no permanent deforestation from its harvesting. CORR trains poor women and, through their producer groups, provides them with education and development.

The hand-made paper is imported from the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Bangladesh which has been creating jobs with fair wages for poor people since 1975. Its goal is that enterprises developed become strong enough to be independent. Products have been developed that use natural resources and are environmentally friendly. The Book Bag Company purchases hand-made papers.

For more info`, contact:

The Book Bag Company
17 South Main Street
Galloway DG8 9EH

Telephone: 00 (44) 1988 403266
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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210