Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. Bangladesh is the world's eighth-most populous country, with more than 160 million people, and among the most densely populated. Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. The currency is called the TAKA.
The common foods in Bangladesh include rice and fish which are traditional favorites with vegetables and lentils also forming a part of their staple diet.
Islam is the largest religion of Bangladesh, with almost 90 percent of the population being Muslim. Bangladesh is also one of the biggest centers of art and crafts in the Indian subcontinent.
The Salvation Army work in Bangladesh began in 1971. The Others Trade for Hope began in Bangladesh in 1997. The Others program works directly with more than 700 women, offering an alternative source of income which is vitally necessary. Others has focused on specific social groups (destitute women, prostituted and trafficked women, widows, divorced), who despite their poverty have exceptional skills in various handicrafts. Due to lack of opportunity and lack of positive direction, these groups have previously not been able to generate a sustainable income, from their traditional skills.
Because most of the women producers in Bangladesh are the main bread-winners in their families, their work with Others Trade for Hope allows them to send their children to school, have food and medicine, have knowledge on how to run a business and learn to read and write.