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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 project. It is really exciting to see a product that has been specifically designed to contribute directly to the project. Recycled Canvas...
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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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Visiting the project finally felt like something has been achieved.  Seeing the very smiley Shaikla as we walked in was uplifting and really showed me that we have achieved something. Exactly what we have achieved remains to be seen, but the confidence is palpable and truly visible. It seems that the first hurdle in the...
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Shakila Khatun  Visiting the Cocobagh project this season finally feels like something has been achieved.  Walking in and seeing the very smiley Shaikla Khatun was not only uplifting but really showed me far we’ve come not just strategically but relationally. The detail of what we have achieved remains to be seen. I’m aware we must...
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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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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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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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