Rishilpi Development Project

Rishilpi Development Project

The Rishilpi Development Project exports the handmade products of marginalized craftspeople in southwest Bangladesh. Men at the leather centre, many of whom are disabled, create wood and leather products. Women work on embroidery, tailoring and palm leaf, jute and wheat straw items. Rishilpi has helped to establish 14 village schools, and has a daycare and primary school on its compound. Rishilpi works to place the children in the local schools once they have completed grade 5 and also provides night classes for adults. As with many other artisan groups, saving plans and loans are available as well as health services, with a special focus on those with physical and mental disabilities.