At ducduc, we believe that "Take Care of Our World" isnít just some mantra on the wall. It is the way we live and work. Whether through Green initiatives and a low carbon footprint, or through helping the less fortunate, we believe in doing the right thing.
This is why we got involved with Business Council for Peace, www.bpeace.org, an organization dedicated to helping women in regions of conflict. This is also how we met Fatema. Fatema is a furniture maker, like us, but with one big difference: she is a woman operating in Kabul, Afghanistan. In spite of the great odds against her, not only has she personally survived, she is professionally thriving. Her business generates jobs for her community as well as provides her female employees with a mechanism to build confidence and self esteem. Two traits that are surely difficult to develop in such a historically oppressive society.
Fatema visited our Connecticut facility for several days where we showed her the way we do things and she told us the way she does things (and a few really crazy stories to boot). We talked about manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and safety. We gave her a number of ideas on how to better and more efficiently make her products. We even gave her some special finish ideas that would increase her product's value.
Finally, we committed to helping fund her new building which we believe will be completed this year. We have stayed in touch with her and are a resource she has available for any questions she may have. In this crazy world of "recession", "depression", "layoffs", "madoffs", and more, Fatema showed us what really mattered. And we thank you for allowing us to work with her. Without you, our customer, none of this would be possible for us. Or Fatema.
ducduc also focuses on many other charitable efforts. We helped over 400 kids last year. From the Fabretto Children's Foundation to Alex's Lemonade Stand we believe in helping as much as we can, whenever we can.