Aarong is one of the retail chains in Bangladesh operating under BRAC. The organisation was established in 1978. Aarong operates production units in rural and semi-urban areas as a part of its social enterprise model and provides the market linkage through its own retail outlets.[1][2]

Jamindar Ginni Dolls from Aarong by Ragib Hasan
Zamindar ginny dolls on sale at an Aarong store

Aarong (Bengali: আড়ং; meaning Village Fair) is a chain of Bangladeshi department stores specializing in Bengali ethnic wear and handicrafts. A social enterprise, it is owned by the non-profit development agency BRAC, and employs thousands of rural artisans across the country. It currently operates fourteen outlets in six Bangladeshi metropolitan cities.

IndustryDesign, sales of clothing, accessories, jewellery, home goods, development, economic empowerment of women
FoundedDhaka, Bangladesh (December 18, 1978)
FounderAyesha Abed
Martha Chen
Area served
Key people
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Chairperson, BRAC
Dr. Mohammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC
Tamara Hasan Abed, Senior Director,
Mohammad Ashraful Alam, Chief Operating Officer
Sasi Kumar, Head of Operation, AAF
Non-textile craft
Leather goods
RevenueUSD 20 million (FY 2012)


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  2. ^ "AARONG'S WEDDING BONANZA". The Daily Star. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
1995–96 United States network television schedule (weekday)

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Talk shows are highlighted in yellow, Local/Syndicated programming is white, reruns of prime-time programming are orange, game shows are pink, soap operas are chartreuse, news programs are gold and all others are light blue. New series are highlighted in bold.

1997–98 United States network television schedule (weekday)

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Talk shows are highlighted in yellow, Local/Syndicated programming is white, reruns of prime-time programming are orange, game shows are pink, soap operas are chartreuse, news programs are gold and all others are light blue. New series are highlighted in bold.

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