Piloting Green Technology Social Enterprise, Canada Fund
There are many reasons as to why youth leave the rural setting for the urban. One that comes up time and again is the lack of opportunities for earning cash income and being gainfully employed. These initiatives at producing local construction material is hoped to provide some youth in the villages to be gainfully engaged while contributing to the development and growth of the community.
The Foundation believes in setting up some useful economic activities that can fetch an income while fulfilling a local need. In this case, the production of construction materials, improved and more versatile range of textile using the flying shuttle method making it possible for diverse fabric production are some of the identified local green enterprises that will foster sustained growth and development of the rural communities. The production of construction material on site in the rural areas will also eliminate the cost of transportation, thereby reducing the cost of production effectively while ensuring a significant reduction in the carbon footprint.
These new areas of economic activities will expand the production base of the communities and will ensure that the income earning opportunities of the communities are significantly improved.
Brief background on the beneficiary community
The community members of Dechenpelri under Bhur Geog in Sarpang District have been resettled from a remote village in Zhemgang. This community consisting of 41 households with a population of 700 members has been facing difficulties in sustaining themselves on agriculture, due to the land being rocky and not fertile and unreliable supply of irrigation water. This community has received support from the Canadian Fund in 2011 to establish a green technology micro enterprise and has successfully established a small enterprise. However,
Tarayana having worked in 100 of the poorest villages in the eight Dzongkhags of Zhemgang, Monggar, Trongsa, Pemagatshel, Wangdue, Samtse, Dagana, and Sarpang with its approach of holistic community development initiatives, the foundation has achieved a commendable success on sustainable rural development.
Tarayana is now convinced that more effort must be made to bring about sustainable development while creating more employment opportunities and gainful engagement in the rural areas. Several green technologies have been reviewed and undertaken in the same community and now there is a demand for extended support in the same area. Upon reviewing the needs of the community, the Foundation would like to take up are: the Hollow block production, waste recycling, handmade paper and the TARA Flying Shuttle Handloom for the weavers from the community.
Green technologies as an alternate livelihood means is a viable option for income generation, as experienced in the same community.
Immediate expected results
The immediate expectations from such social enterprise are:
1) Generate income, as well as employment while reducing carbon footprint as rural Bhutan develops.
2) Keep rural communities gainfully engaged through the promotion of micro enterprises which helps in addressing the problem of Rural-Urban migration.
3) To re-construct their houses with their own construction materials instead of importing foreign materials
Main activities of the project
- Relevant skills development for the community members thus generating more employment opportunities
- Community consultations and forming of groups based on common interests, drawing up the time frame and project implementation schedules
- Training of trainers (at Development Alternative, Delhi or Jhansi) in the installation, maintenance and service of the following green technologies:
i. Multi-purpose Flying shuttle loom and warping machine
ii. Handmade paper making equipment
iii. Paper recycling equipment
iv. Stone Grinding
v. Hollow Block Machine
3. Keep rural communities gainfully engaged through the promotion of micro enterprises and improved access to rural credit (microfinance)
i. Purchase and installations of all pilot equipment units
- Train identified teams per enterprise set up