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Bags for Life
Sakila has been with the project for three years, since the very first day we opened the training centre she has been part of our journey. Recommended to us by the local Panchayat, Sakila lives very close by but has not been employed before so was initially nervous about entering a new environment.  The first few...
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We have just received our very first Aprons!  Made by the ladies in the project from 100% recycled canvas material we are using these products as a way to put money in the the project.  It is really exciting to see a product that has been specifically designed to contribute directly to the project. Recycled...
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We have now recruited 6 more trainees – the very interesting thing is that they immediately have more confidence that the original crew.  I think some of this is because they have the inspiration and security of the ladies who went before them – there is certainly a nurturing atmosphere in the project building now...
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Well it’s May and we haven’t lost any students! We still have the same 6 people who started the project all those months ago, that is good news. The even better news is they are so much more smiley, a lot less suspicious and dare I even say friendly? But the best thing is that...
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Together with our partners Eco Jute and WBC, we launched Cocobagh Social Business Venture, a social business venture in West Bengal to create training and employment opportunities for the community surrounding our production facility. Aimed at members of the community who are marginalised through cultural or social reasons we are focusing on empowering widowed women who don’t...
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  Sukumar is a local Bengali man who has been the security guard at the entrance to the factory since the site at Baduria opened. He was friendly enough, but what we didn’t know was that he had a background in teaching, AND teaching stitching! He jumped at the opportunity to run the training for...
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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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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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