Bottletop has trained and supports over 40 staff in Brazil and sets out to provide holistic, community oriented support that goes beyond a fair wage.
The staff work with gloves as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries and Bottletop provides weekly physiotherapy classes.
Bottletop also pays for extra benefits for each employee: They are each covered for disability allowance, life insurance, a pension for when they stop working and maternity cover.
The studio is a clean, safe, working space where members of the community can bring their children. The staff are paid a fair wage, enabling them to look after themselves and their families (approximately 200 people) and stay close to their children, who are often preyed upon by local drugs gangs. Especially when their parents have to leave the community to find work elsewhere. Bottletop funds the local gynecologist who supports both the staff and the wider community from the local health centre on a monthly basis.
Bottletop has also set up a micro loan fund, which can be accessed by staff in need, should they suffer from domestic violence or need support urgently. They can repay the interest free loan in their own time by making products.
Prior to Bottletop’s arrival, the female residents in the community had virtually no opportunities of finding work close to home. Bottletop remains the only employer.