Biborton Handmade Paper
Biborton Handmade Paper is in Barisal district in southern Bangladesh. This is a particularly disadvantaged and vulnerable area.
Floods, droughts and high unemployment year after year have made such poor condition of the area. MCC worked in this area for over 20 years to alleviate poverty by creating jobs for disadvantaged women at three handicraft projects.
Since these three projects were successful, MCC decided to establish a handmade paper project called Biborton in 1993 in the village, Kalurpar in Agailjhara, Barisal.
For years, Biborton has been making handmade paper using water hyacinth, a weed that clogs up the waterways in Southern Bangladesh and silk. With the abundance of water hyacinth, the extraction of good quality fibres the creative products being produced there. Biborton is thriving. Note books, Christmas decors, and greeting cards are some popular products.
Biborton employs 51 regular producers and 46 seasonal producers.