Case Studies

A Pathway Out of Poverty

This publication has been jointly published by INBAR and CIBART. It documents the effect that introduction of agarbatti production as a livelihood option in Tripura, India, has had in increasing employment and income levels of rural women.

The interventions have resulted in generating new employment, enhancing income from employment in the sector, increasing production of bamboo incense sticks, and expanding the opportunity to create new jobs though community enterprise clusters.


Breaking Barriers and Creating Capital

This publication documents successful efforts made by the Konkan Bamboo and Cane Development Centre (KONBAC), established by CIBART, enhanced rural livelihoods and also addressed local, crosscutting social and economic challenges, such as dependence on rain-fed agriculture, male urban migration, caste prejudices and low market demand. The programme changed social perceptions of bamboo as a cheap and low-class material and promoted change by training and capacity building of local communities, particularly empowering local women as income earners (women comprise two-thirds of the rural workforce). It has developed into a self-sustaining institutional ecosystem. KONBAC has emerged as a model that is being emulated elsewhere in India and overseas.

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