Why ECOTA

  1. Empowering Artisans: ECOTA works with over 115,000 artisans, with a remarkable 80% of them being women. By joining ECOTA, you contribute to empowering these artisans, especially women, indigenous communities, and physically challenged individuals.

  2. Capacity Building: As an ECOTA member, you’ll participate in capacity-building initiatives for artisans through the member organizations. This includes skill development, training, and knowledge sharing.

  3. Social Policies and Advocacy: ECOTA actively promotes social policies within the fair trade movement. By joining, you can contribute to advocating for fair trade principles and sectoral development at national, regional, and international levels.

  4. Market Access: ECOTA facilitates marketing and trade initiatives for fair trade handicrafts both domestically and abroad. With a special focus on ICT, ECOTA helps members access markets effectively.

  5. Unity and Solidarity: Being part of ECOTA means joining a collective force. The network fosters unity and solidarity among craft sectors in Bangladesh, creating a stronger impact in the fair trade movement.

  6. Direct Relationships: ECOTA circumvents traditional trade routes and establishes direct relationships with producers based on fairness and transparency. This approach benefits both artisans and consumers.

  7. Global Network: As a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), ECOTA gains access to a global network of fair trade organizations. Collaboration, knowledge sharing, and best practices become possible.

Remember, ECOTA’s mission is to create sustainable livelihoods for producers in Bangladesh through fair trade practices. By joining, you contribute to this noble cause and promote ethical trade.