Our history

A special project

BANTAY is above all the result of a personal project and not a business like any other. We are passionate about travel, discovery and sharing. After years spent in the hustle and bustle of our respective careers, we wanted to slow down the hectic pace and spend more time discovering new places and meeting new cultures.

BANTAY was born from a great experience in Laos. A magical trip during which we were seduced by the ultra-simplicity of the people. The Wuan family welcomed us into their home and showed us how, from a simple bamboo stalk picked at the back of their house, they would start making baskets that their daughter would sell at the market the next day.

And here it is, BANTAY came to life… Why not bring back some pretty decorative objects, handmade by these families we met during our travels? They often live in precarious conditions. Thanks to Bantayliving.com they could sell their production and creations directly here in Europe.

Bantayliving.com became our project. It is not for profit. Our objective is to buy the production of these families on the spot, to market these decorative objects online at an ultra reasonable price. This generates income for the families and we donate the profits of the sales to local aid associations.

Our philosophy: responsible production

Bantay means “handmade” in Vietnamese. This is the common thread in the production of objects marketed via Bantayliving.com. Everything is done by hand. We only work with families that we have met and whose working conditions and frameworks we know, most of the time in their homes, with their families.

What about the ecological impact of these imports? When we talk about saving our planet, it is not only the Amazonian forest or the endangered species that need to be preserved. There are men, women and children in Asia, Africa and South America who need us, and rely on the more developed countries to make them work ethically and allow them to earn a decent living, not just survive.

Cool and original decorative objects, ultra-reasonable prices, ethical and solidarity-based business practices, these are the foundations that make Bantayliving.com a success.

Help through associations

Experience has shown us that it is very complicated to get money or even clothes to the local associations. On the one hand because it is not obvious that the money or the clothes reach the desired recipient, on the other hand because it is difficult to have a look on the action accomplished by the local associations.

After discussions with several Belgian or French associations, and after exchanges on our respective projects, we came to collaborate directly with them.

Patricia and Eric

The 2 associations to which we will donate the profits of the sales are

ATD Fourth World

https://atd-quartmonde.be/

Mutual aid and fraternity

https://www.entraide.be/

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