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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.

This month we sent our friend David Gould to Kolkata to investigate what the community needs from us in terms of support. Here's what he came back with...
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It’s funny how a raft of very ignorant ideas and questions can be generated by a desire to help. Do they need water? Perhaps they could use a well! What about bicycles so they’re able to travel to work? Do they need to learn english or basic math? The fact is, none of us have any...
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When we ramped up our Bags For Life business last year, we started to spend more time in West Bengal, India, where our cotton bags and jute shoppers are made and printed. India is an exceedingly friendly, welcoming and open country and we enjoy a warm friendship with our manufacturing partners there.
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Way, waaay back, when Take That and Boyzone ruled the charts and WBC was a startup company, we were lucky enough to get a small loan from The Prince’s Trust, the cash of which helped us to buy a van and start trading out the back of it and get the vital ‘leg up’ we desperately needed. 25 years on, we’re...
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