Meet our craftsmen
Handed By products are all handwoven. Respect for the Asian traditions and habits is high-up in our agenda. We do not co-operate with heartless manufacturing facilities but directly with the artisans; mostly women working from their homes. We offer regular work to around 300 qualified craftswomen. After the work on the fields is finished or when the children are at school, they generate extra income by weaving Handed By products. At home, with their husband, together with the neighbour on the porch or with a group of weavers somewhere in the village.
Mrs. Lan, 48-year-old and mother of two children, a son and a daughter. Mrs. Lan is one of the craftswomen who weaves bags for Handed By. She loves her job! With the money she earns from weaving, she pays the school of her children. They follow their dream; find a job they love so they can support their mother in the future. Mrs. Lan lives with her family in a house near the sea. She cares for her husband and children. Besides, she works on the rice field and in the garden to grow vegetables like cucumber, radish and some corn.
Mrs. Sahn is one of the approximately 300 weavers who make baskets and bags for Handed By. She is 56 years old and mother of 3 children. All her children have been married already. Mrs Sahn lives in a house near the sea in the north of Vietnam with her eldest son. When the work on the field is done, she starts weaving baskets or bags. She works at home, sitting on her porch. In addition, she grows vegetables in her vegetable garden such as chili and cabbage. She uses her extra income to support her son to take care of his children, her grandchildren.
Mrs. Qu, is one of the craftswomen who weaves bags for Handed By. As you can see on the photo, she is busy weaving the shopper Paris. Mrs. Qu has been working as a weaver for Handed By for more than 10 years now. Mrs. Qu is happy and proud of her work and we are proud of her! The extra money she earns from weaving is a supplement of her family’s income. In the near future she would like to welcome her first grand-child and face an even better life! She enjoys using the money to buy presents for her first grand-child. Most of her time she spends with weaving, housework and work on the farm.
Mrs. Wang is a loyal craftswoman. She has been weaving bags and baskets for Handed By for more than 10 years now. Her son and his family live in the neighborhood. After work, she needs to pick up her grandson from primary school and cooks for the whole family. Besides weaving, Mrs. Wang does the housework or works in the vegetable garden in the field. With the money she earns from weaving, she loves to buy clothes and delicious food for her family. She loves giving her grandson some pocket money. She wants her family to be happy and healthy. For Mrs. Wang, delivering quality work is extremely important, which is why Mrs. Wang and Handed By make a good team.
Mrs. Bu. is one of the loyal weavers from China. She and her husband are responsible for the weavers in the area in which they live. Their home is a central place where weavers come together to make Handed By bags. For Mr. & Mrs. Bu weaving bags is their only way of earning money. They use it for their living but also to buy presents for their grandchildren.
Mrs. Wu is one of the craftswomen who has been weaving bags for Handed By for many years. When the work at the farm is done, she helps her sister with weaving bags. She enjoys working from the central village side so she can chat and laugh with others while she is working. Mrs. Wu uses a part of the earnings to visit her grandchildren. Quality work is very important to her, which is why she and Handed By make a good team.
Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hang
Meet Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hang. A mother of three daughters. Her eldest daughter studies in Ho Chi Minh. Her youngest attend a school in the area. Mrs. Thi Hang spends about 30 hours a week weaving baskets and bags from home for Handed By. Sometimes her husband helps her. In addition, she cares for her children and helps her husband with the cows on their farm. She spends the extra income she earns from weaving baskets on her eldest daughter’s studies and tuition for the youngest two. We provide Mrs. Thi Hang with enough work to earn a regular income from weaving.
Mrs. Hoang is one of the approximately 300 weavers who make baskets and bags for Handed By. She lives on a farm in the Mekong Delta together with her family. When the work on the farm is done, she starts weaving baskets. She works at home, sitting on her porch. Along her house, there is a river where boats pass by with fruits and coconuts. Her house is simply furnished but she does have a TV, so during her work she sometimes watches TV. She uses her extra income to support her family.