About Us

Samana is more than just a family business, it’s a way of life that extends beyond the 9-5, as Bernadette and her team foster Fair Trade initiatives internationally through the promotion and sale of beautifully-crafted, sustainably produced products.

pebble bangladesh conscious living kindergarten
Samana Living is passionate about:
      • Ethical manufacturing
      • Fair Trade practices 
      • Using organic materials
      • Doing good - not just be a for-profit business
      • Growing as a Social Enterprise
“Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses, they aim to make a profit but it's what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change.”

In our quest to create a positive impact on the lives of others, we are proud of the brands we represent:
      • Pebble who we’ve worked with for over eight years
      • Conscious Step for over four years
      • Samana also supports Australian artisans such as Mutska (watch the website as it evolves with new endeavours!)

“The Fair Trade brands we work with have one thing in common, they aim to keep communities together, empowering women to earn a meaningful income and contribute to their villages, and offer flexibility to their workers. This means so much to us.”

Bernadette became more involved with each visit to Bangladesh, where the Pebble brand originates from.

“Seeing how hard these women’s lives are, inspired us to do more. I took my children, Clara and Harry, to Bangaldesh to witness and plan where and how we could help. So we sponsored a kindergarten at one of these sites which involves providing a kindy, books and teachers. We work within their existing buildings and we ask them what they want. We want to help keep the kids safe while their mums are working. It’s had far reaching impact.

Samana Living Bangladesh Fair Trade Support Communities

Samana Living means we can share the products that were created with love with you all, and in turn, each one of us contributes to a better standard of life for all. It feels good to do good for others.

With every purchase we make, we’re casting a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. As consumers, we all have the power to demand more from brands, by supporting the ones who are making a difference.

bernadette dawson owner of samana living fair trade distributor wholesaler retailer ethical products bangladesh