Austin Miller, one of Pebble’s founders, had been helping impoverished Bangladeshi communities promote their high-quality, handmade products throughout North America. The other founder, Samantha Morshed, was committed to finding local, fair-wage work for Bangladeshi women. Often, the only viable employment is sewing garments in a distant city where the pay is meager and conditions are unsafe.
Austin and Samantha joined forces and started Pebble to empower women with living-wage jobs that are close to home. The women who meticulously hand crochet each toy take pride in their work, which lets them stay involved with raising their children. The stitching is a traditional technique that machines cannot replicate. And Pebble’s life-changing mission can’t be copied, either.