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ABOUT DORPON

Welcome to Dorpon:

Bangladesh is one of the key producers and suppliers of handmade crafts or handicrafts. Four million workers are involved with handicraft industry.
We believe that, this commerce nature is changing: people are interested to purchase goods online or from a mobile handset, consumers are searching for unique items instade of mass produced goods. We believe that these trends create a strong, long-term market opportunity for Dorpon allowing us to create a market by attracting buyers who want something different than a conventional, mass-produced retail shopping experience and sellers who are engaging in their creative passion, working for themselves and defining success on their own terms.
Most large retailers emphasize efficiency and scale and pressure their suppliers to reduce their costs in order to offer goods produced at volume at the lowest-possible prices, our approach to commerce is fundamentally different and based on human connections. We believe that several consumers want to purchase items that are really unique and that reflect their personality and style, not simply mass-produced, generic goods. Getting these kind of items can be difficult, as markets for such items have historically been highly fragmented across boutiques, consignment stores and other venues and marketplaces.

Dorpon

'Dorpon'- the ecommerce marketplace for unique and creative handmade goods has launched its journey. Dorpon (www.mydorpon.com) is launched to facilitate the buying and selling of unique traditional handicrafts. This marketplace makes shopping very easy and convenient for the handicraft enthusiasts. Dorpon provides a platform where any creative entrepreneur will be able to setup their shops, display their products, set right price, promote them, sell them and deliver them to the end-customers. The main objective is to eliminate intermediaries and empower real producers of creative goods. Bangladesh is one of the key producers and suppliers of handmade crafts or handicrafts. Four million workers are involved with handicraft industry. It is our bad luck is that, the sector plagued with several challenges such as producer group are highly disaggregated with low capacities, lack of a transparent and traceable system that can ensure an equitable supply chain, inability to promote the products nationally, high interference of middlemen group, and low selling prices.

Dorpon is an eCommerce marketplace for creative entrepreneurs such as Artisans, Creative homemakers, and Micro & Small Enterprises. It is powered by the independent spirit and passion of thousands of creative entrepreneurs, and it offers them freedom to make a living that’s built around human connection and creativity. Dorpon provides markets; services and technology that enable these creative entrepreneurs to start, manage, and scale their businesses. We build markets that enable thoughtful consumers to buy unique, creative goods from sellers around the country.
Supporting creative entrepreneurs is the heart and soul of Dorpon. Dorpon’ is fueled by a commitment to our values and steadfast belief that business can and should be used as a force for good. This ethos can be seen in its seller-aligned business model, our efforts to advocate on behalf of micro-entrepreneurs, and our commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.

Dorpon means “mirror” in Benagli which means to view your reflection. Likewise it’s meaning Dorpon’s commitment to transparency and integrity underpins our platform and establishes trust within our markets and our community. For Bangladeshi creative artisans, homemakers Dorpon is trying to create a transparent and integrate platform where they can order online and sellers can open a shop at Dorpon website free of cost and list their products and set the product price. Dorpon provides a platform where all these creative entrepreneurs will be able to setup their shops, display their products, promote them, sell them and deliver them to the end-customers. In Bangladesh, we have a large number of market size for handmade products. However, there is no social marketplace for creative homemakers and 300,000 rural artisans in Bangladesh. Artisans are not getting fair price for their products and they are not empowered to dictate pricing of their products at all. There are thousands of creative homemakers who are not being able to convert their creativity into a sustainable business model.

Dorpon provides a platform where all these creative entrepreneurs will be able to setup their shops, display their products, promote them, sell them and deliver them to the end-customers.

Dorpon offers marketplace for handicraft buyers and sellers. Buyer can order online and artisans can open a shop at Dorpon website free of cost and list their products and set the product price. Its prime focus is to bring textile based handicrafts, wood work, stone craft, painting, jewelry, leather items and home decoration items in Dorpon. Dorpon is the first social marketplace in Bangladesh built for artisans. Dorpon is transparent organization wherein there’s no differential pricing. It shares the same price that is quoted by the weavers and artisans. Dorpon charges a commission of certain percentage which is taken in to consideration by the sellers before they quote the final price. Dorpon’s main focus is to change the socio and economic condition of these creative entrepreneurs and artisans by supporting and promoting their handmade products to all.

Why Dorpon Exists?

In Bangladesh, we estimated a market size of USD 370 million for handmade products. However, there is no social marketplace for creative homemakers and 300,000 rural artisans in Bangladesh. Artisans are not getting fair price for their products and they are not empowered to dictate pricing of their products at all. There are thousands of creative homemakers who are not being able to convert their creativity into a sustainable business model.
Dorpon provides a platform where all these creative entrepreneurs will be able to setup their shops, display their products, promote them, sell them and deliver them to the end-customers.

Our key propositions are as follows:

Dorpon offers marketplace for handicraft buyers and sellers. Buyer can order online and artisans can open a shop at Dorpon website free of cost and list their products and set the product price Our prime focus is to bring textile based handicrafts, wood work, stone craft, painting, jewelry, leather items and home decoration items in Dorpon We are the first social marketplace in Bangladesh built for artisans We are offering platforms that supports for both Like, B2B and B2C sales, allowing our producers to undertake bulk orders, thereby increasing their income levels We are a transparent organization wherein there’s no differential pricing. We share the same price that is quoted by the weavers and artisans. Dorpon charges a commission of certain percentage which is taken in to consideration by the sellers before they quote the final price

Values & Impact:

Focus on Empowering marginalized artisans and rural women Foster entrepreneurial culture / climate Make workforce more skilled through appropriate training Encourage women entrepreneurship Eradicate poverty Develop and diversify the rural economy

Competitive Advantages:

Low price for buyers and higher margin for sellers Direct supply chain for women entrepreneurs Freedom to set selling price by the artisans All the transaction will be tracked and reported for the entrepreneurs to become eligible for loans to expand their businesses Design consulting services to artisans