Last Updated:  23/01/2024

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Project Pitch By: Industree Foundation


Proposed Project Title

Creating livelihood opportunities for women from marginalized communities in the bamboo value chain in Karnataka


Thematic Area

Gender equality, women empowerment , senior citizens and economically backward groups

Sub Thematic Area

Women Empowerment

Project Synopsis

Industree through the principles of lean manufacturing, product design intervention, and a professional management team has supported women in the bamboo value chain to produce quality value-added products that have fetched them a premium price in the market. The project proposes to work with 200 newly mobilized women from marginalized communities and create economic opportunities for the rural and tribal women in the Southern part of Karnataka by establishing professionally handheld producer-owned bamboo natural fiber-based enterprises supplying to national and global buyers.

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location

Key Project Partners

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): Women
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Women
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 500 -1000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done

Proposed Project Description

Goal:   Establish a Business Excellence Center for 800 women micro-entrepreneurs in Bamboo Value Chain in Karnataka

? A BEC would technically serve as a 100% compliant center most suitable to attract international and large domestic buyers.  Additionally, the project will collectivize 200 women producers into a collectively owned producer enterprise, taking the overall women producers in Karnataka to 800 women producers.

?The Export compliant centre, serves as the key functioning center connecting the entirety of the value chain to national and global markets. Usually there is one  Export compliant centre per value chain per region. It will technically serve as a 100% compliant center most suitable to attract international and large domestic buyers. The unit will facilitate product R&D within the bamboo value chain for product diversification, product value addition, final finishing, quality testing, sample development, product showcasing, warehousing and serve as a center for training master producers.

Salient Features

  1. Bamboo natural fiber will be used to make eco-friendly products promoting a circular economy.
  2. Increased regular income for women
  3. Globally compliant business excellence centre to promote research and innovation in bamboo value chain

About Industree Foundation

Industree is a 23-year-old NGO that has been working on scaling regenerative economies, with a focus on underserved rural communities. Since inception, we have impacted the lives of 600,000 people and created markets worth 59.5 million USD.  Industree plays the role of an implementing agency, facilitating the aggregation of producers into self-owned collective enterprises, training them in developing products that appeal to modern markets, and connecting them to national and global supply chains. Thereby fostering an organised creative manufacturing ecosystem in which rural producers from economically deprived backgrounds can earn a steady income and gain access to consistent demand for their products, lift themselves out of poverty and help society meet its sustainable development goals.


The aim is to strengthen producers to achieve 

  • Economic (regular work, increased wages, and financial stability), 
  • Social (improved agency, voice for women at home and community, and improved education for the next generation), and Environmental Impact (use of natural fiber i.e., banana bark, non-timber forest products e.g. Sal leaves, bamboo raw material).

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