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.


  Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya has a population of about 44 million people.

  The capital, Nairobi is a regional commercial hub. Agriculture is a major employer; the country traditionally exports tea and coffee and has more recently begun to export fresh flowers to Europe.

  Although Kenya is the biggest and most advanced economy in East and Central Africa, and has an affluent urban minority, Kenya is still struggling. It is estimated that 17.7% of Kenyans live on less than $1.25 a day.

  Child labor is common in Kenya. Most working children are active in agriculture. The staple food for the majority of Kenyans is corn (Ugali), ground and pounded into various forms. In 1896 three Salvationists went to Kenya to work on the building of the new railway and started their witness in the railway camps. The first official meetings took place in Nairobi in 1921.

  The Others Coordinator for Kenya East is Captain Mary Muindi.

  There are five Others Production groups in Kenya: Makadara, Embu, Kasikeu, Kilome, and Dandora with more than 300 women who are directly involved in the production of Others products in Kenya. Many products are made from recycled materials such as plastic and paper.

  Others has given the disadvantaged people hope, opportunities and means to achieve their own independent development. Many homes have a smile because of Others.

  Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, also know as Moldavia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. In 1991, Moldova had a population of approximately 3.5million people. The Official Language is Romanian.

  Embroidery is traditional women craft of Moldova and until recently there was not a single household in a single village where women did not decorate handmade clothes, curtains, tablecloths, and towels.

  Mamaliga, a hard corn porridge, is regarded as the national dish. It is poured onto a flat surface in the shape of a big cake and is served mainly with cheese, sour cream, or milk. The main foods in daily life are a mixture of vegetables and meat (chicken, goose, duck, pork, and lamb), but the availability of vegetables depends on the season. Filled cabbage and grape leaves as well as soups such as zama and the Russian borsh also form part of daily meals.

  The Salvation Army started work in Moldova in 1993. Moldova is a division of the Eastern Europe Territory. The ministry of the Salvation Army in Moldova includes work in after school centers, mobile medical clinic, women's prison project, shoe project, humanitarian aid distribution, and work with ailing individuals.

  The Others initiative began in Moldova in 2009. Products produced include fine linen and embroidered designs.

  There are currently 10 Others producers in Moldova.

  There are efforts to establish craft working groups in the Moldavian corps. Currently, there are three small craft groups in the Kishinau (capital) corps.


  Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million, it is the sixth most populous country in the world and almost 95 percent of the population is Muslim. The capital is Islamabad. The currency used is the Pakistan Rupee.

  Pakistani food today consists of staple ingredients which are affordable and abundant. Wheat and other flour products are the mainstay of the diet, one familiar form being CHAPATI, an unleavened bread akin to a Mexican tortilla. A large percentage of the commercial activities include the sale of handicraft items such as the carpets for which Pakistan is well known. Major industries of Pakistan include textiles, cement, fertilizer, steel, sugar, electric goods, and shipbuilding.

  The women of Pakistan are regular voters as are the men, and women also are regular attendees at colleges. Islam gives women rights to child custody, to alimony, and to inheritance, and they also have the right to conduct business and enter any profession. Women are engaged in agriculture production and the services sector. Women judges have been appointed to four high courts as well as several lower courts and a 10 percent quota was established for women to become police officers.

  There are growing numbers of violent crimes against or involving women and the government has introduced the concept of women police stations.

  The Salvation Army began work in Pakistan in 1883. There are more than 350 Others producers in Pakistan. The work with Others allows women to support themselves and the families, and especially to ensure that young women receive and education.