Mothers at the Market: Salma Khatun

Salma Khatun - BashaPhoto Courtesy of Basha

We had the opportunity to interview Salma, a mother and an artisan working with Basha, an inspiring social enterprise in Bangladesh. To hear more of Salma’s story, keep reading below! 

My name is Salma Khatun. I have two sons with me and two sons live with my mother-in-law. When my children call me mother, my heart (fills) with joy. It makes me feel very proud. I also am amazed at how a child is developed in the mother’s womb. In Bengali culture, once you are a mother, you are referred to as your child’s mother rather than by your own name. It makes me happy to be identified as my children’s mother.

When I finish a product and give it to my mentor, I feel happy about it. Baby blankets are my favorite product to make. I can complete them very quickly. I love my mentor, my teacher, and other staff of Basha Boutique.

Previously I couldn’t stay anywhere for long. My mind wasn’t able to settle anywhere very long. But the environment and love of Basha’s staff inspired me. Now I have been working here for quite a long time.

I want to teach my children good manners. I want them to respect people. I have learned a lot from my son. He is teaching me how to read and write. I am proud of myself. My co-workers are helpful to me. I have a good relationship with everyone. I love to work here.

We loved hearing from Salma! To see our collection from artisans like Salma at Basha, visit our site

A special thank you to Salma, Robin Seyfert, and the Basha team for contributing to our Mother’s Day series!

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