The Jeevika Trust | Bamboo Project, Orissa | 2006

In 2 villages in the Jajpur district of Orissa, our Bamboo Livelihood Activities pilot project benefited an initial group of 100 of the most disadvantaged women from the Dhol caste. Bamboo craft has been traditionally the sole livelihood of the caste, but this dependence had left the womenfolk increasingly marginalised. Until this project, a single piece of bamboo, purchased for 80 rupees and converted into baskets, was generating only 40 rupees of profit per woman after a whole week’s work. By organising the women into Self Help Groups, training them to make new bamboo products, supplying better tools to enhance productivity, we have been able to ensure women save time, raise efficiency and produce more baskets, earning up to 100 rupees a day. SCD has subsequently extended its bamboo-base

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