Bamboo is a Wild grass known for burning, medicinal use or even to build houses. Bamboo is quite beyond the obvious. Where the dwellers of Imafon community see bamboo as just a Wild grass and as a waste material, we see opportunities for self-sufficiency not just for whole the community but for mostly the women and girls in the community. The Bamboo to Value empowerment programme came up to enlighten and empower women and girls to be self-reliant and look beyond the obvious.
The programme started with 15 participants mostly women and girls. The programme kicked off in July 2018 with two trainers from India- Saji, and Mohandas who are professional bamboo artists from India. It was a rough start as participants and trainers had difficulty understanding each other. It was tougher because of different backgrounds coming together to achieve a goal.
However, participants learned the importance of marketing, leadership, customer relations, teamwork, conflicts resolutions etc. During the first batch of the programme women and girls were taught the essence of Family planning and the use of contraceptive.
They learned how to make different items from Bamboo such as Pen holders, Picture Frames, cups, spoons, wristband, earrings, necklaces, chairs, tables, and even bamboo houses.
It was all shades of emotions as participants set to graduate on 7th December 2018 after a whole five months of training. It was a day filled with emotions and happy moments. Participants showcased all items they have made with no supervision. We can’t wait to see more of our graduates from the Durian Craft Village Bamboo unit.
We are grateful to our Donors for making this dream of creating long-term value come to reality.
“Creating Value is what gave birth to Bamboo to Value Empowerment Programme. In anything you do, always look beyond the obvious, there is always an answer.” ~~~ Tony Joy.