is with us since 2013 and was one of our first tailors in Komari. She quickly learned how to make all the different bag models and is now involved in the process of making new designs as well. Apart from her great talent on the sewing machine she became a very good factory manager as well, overlooking the production, ensuring quality and organising the stocks. 


is with us since 2013 as well and she worked her way through everything from washing the bags to riveting. By now her skills at the sewing machine became too good to let her do anything else. She makes reverse bags and purses. 


is running the kindergarten of the village, grows chillies and has never been seen idle. In her free time and school holidays she makes incredibly good quality bags as fast as any professional tailor.  


does a lot of farming and cooks fantastic curries which she loves to share whenever she comes to the company house. She leaves with empty bowls and lots of material for purses. She finishes them at home on her trusted singer sewing machine.



is with us since 2014 and quickly became a respected team member. She knows how to make all our hessian bagmodels by now and is always happy to learn something new and support Nanthini for customized orders. 


joined the team as a trainee in 2015. She is hard working and keen to learn. 




has literally touched every Rice & Carry bag out there. She washes all hessian sacks, rice bags and plastic bags we reuse. 


Our latest and youngest team member at our production in Komari. Pirashanthini is very talented and enjoys the full support of our older seamstresses in work an life matters.  And yes, the is a shorter version for her name. 


This man knows it all. Not only has he been the shopkeeper of our shop in Arugam Bay for two years, he also washed all the hessian and rice bags. Since 2015 we got a new shopkeeper and Rasa does all the quality control and learns to do more and more of the organisational things in the background.


started being our shopkeeper in Arugam Bay in 2015. He is from Komari, very disciplined and a very kind soul. In the few month our shop is closed he works with us in Komari or helps his father on their rice paddies. 


All Muslim women working for us make their bags at their houses in Pottuvil. They do not want their photos shown here and we respect that of course. We value them for their good work and some of them have been with us from the very first day.

Thastakeer is our good friend and helps us with many things. He distributes all materials to the women working for us in Pottuvil.

His daughter Samsath was our very first employee when everything was just an experiment 4 years ago. She is very skilled and by now has two helpers Pasmia and Namsia. We are also very proud of Hamsuna, Salma and Thaj’s passionate work and for believing in this idea absurd to many people from this area.

Susi & Henry

are the owners of Lanka Upcycles Pvt Ltd. The company behind Rice & Carry.