This is wealth in developing countries like Bangladesh.
Sulota and her husband proudly show some of the more than 150 pigeons they are raising.
These baby pigeons are just one of three income streams that Sulota was required to start as a participant in The Blessing Basket Project’s Graduate from Poverty Model. The model is built on the power of each artisan generating three income streams in addition to their artisan skill.
In Sulota’s case she chose pigeons, cows and goats.
Sulota received the funding to buy all of her livestock from the Prosperity Wages she earned from weaving baskets for Ten by Three. Before beginning to weave for Ten by Three, Sulota worked for a basket middleman who was selling her baskets as fairly traded in the United States and other points around the world. She will tell you she wove for that middle man for years and was never able to rise above two meals a day.
In 2013 Sulota left that middle man and began weaving for Ten by Three. Over the next few years she would see her income increase by at least 2.5 times through Prosperity Wages. Prosperity Wages were invented by Ten by Three and ensure each artisan receives at least 2.5 times fair trade for their goods. Sulota’s livestock assets began growing and before long she had 4 cows, 3 goats and more than 150 pigeons.
By 2016, in a celebration filled with laughter and pride, Sulota successfully graduated from Ten by Three. Since her graduation, Sulota has experienced several challenges . This is where The Blessing Basket Project’s Power of 3 model proved its worth.
Sulota’s husband Nirmol (pictured above) developed an eye problem. Sulota sold two of her goats to pay for his medical care. She still had her cows and pigeons..
Then – her pigeons got sick. However, Sulata was able to successfully sell 150 healthy pigeons for a nice profit. She will use her profit to start her flock again in February. She also sold two of her cows for a very good profit and pay for her son’s higher education. The remaining two cows are pregnant and will produce again. If Sulata had only one stream of income she would have fallen right back to the poverty level she was before Ten by Three.
If you ask Sulata – she will tell you every women living in poverty in Bangladesh can succeed if she wisely invests her Prosperity Wages.
Today Sulata is part of our Graduate Support Program. GSP empowers her to weave a specific number of baskets throughout the year earning Prosperity Wages as working capital to expand her income streams. Sulota increased her income significantly through our unique Prosperity Wages and Graduate from Poverty model.
Her entrepreneurial spirit inspired her husband. In January of 2017, Nirmol become one of the very first men in the village of Shimulia, Bangladesh to enter into our program. He is now working in partnership with his wife to grow their assets and further solidify his families sustainable exit from poverty.