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Cocobagh Project

Cocobagh is a social business venture founded by WBC and based in Kolkata, West Bengal in the region where our bags for life are made. All profits from Cocobagh are reinvested to create training and employment opportunities for members of the community who are marginalised through cultural or social reasons. Its primary goal is to support women by providing them with finances, skills and a route to employment – so that their children go to school.

I was so excited by the development of building work on my last visit that I glossed over the lack of women there, this region of India seems to have ongoing festivals so it wasn’t  much of a surprise they were not there last month.  However now the building is finally complete it’s time to ensure we better understand how to...
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  It’s not simply that a new ‘toilet block’ surpasses my wildest hopes, it’s that for the first time I can see the potential that this project has and for the faith that our India partners Sid and Sajjan have put in us at WBC to share our vision.
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Cocobagh Puja Blessings
With the monsoon finished and the celebrations of Durga Puja over, the end of Diwali signalled a reignited excitement for the India project and another visit in November to look at practical ways we can help to keep momentum going. Heading along the new highways for the ever shorter drive out to Baduria, bustling Kolkata gives way to the...
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Our visit to Kolkata back in May this year was full of hope and excitement about the future of our India project; to create employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged members of the community that surrounds our bags for life facility. We enthusiastically awaited the grand opening of our new building with our bags for life partners Sid and Sajan talking (and...
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Not wanting to jinx the project prematurely, we have been motivated by our recent visit to Kolkata in May, where so much has now been achieved and it seems wholly appropriate to finally give our project a name. 
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With limited Wi-Fi and even more limited technical skills, this post is just a short prelude to what I will try to make an interesting insight into the metaphorical and physical journey we here at WBC are embarking upon with the WBC India Project.
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With the Cocobagh training facility finally complete, we’re now getting ready to fill it with our highest hopes.  We have purchased some manual sewing machines as apparently these are much easier for the new trainees to learn on. Once the recruits have passed the early stages or training, we will them get them on to automatic sewing...
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The new Cocobagh training unit is really starting to look impressive. Whilst the building is still very much an empty shell, our motivation to get this project up and running is back. It’s amazing how easy it is to get deflated when things don’t move quite as quickly as you hope for, especially when you can’t help but look...
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Finally we have some images for you! Construction has begun on Cocobagh’s new training facility in Badhuria West Bengal; the structure as you can see, is well and truly on the way up.
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The foundations for our new Cocobagh centre in Badhuria, West Bengal have been laid but we’ll be honest with you, it’s a frustratingly slow process and right now the project just doesn’t seem to be moving forward at a pace that will ever achieve anything. That building in the background is not our project building,...
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