With seed funding from Sprout Enterprise®, Rabha women weavers are getting training and support for design development and marketing. The 16 Rabha women are from Garo Basti in Rajabhathkhawa, and Mendabari and Andu forest villages in Chilapata forest division in Alipurduar district of West Bengal. A local production coordinator for the association manages purchase of raw material, production schedules, quality control and arranges collection and transport of finished goods. The group is now marketing the women's handwoven textiles in local markets in India.
Our partner in India for this initiative was the Foundation for Rural Recovery and Development, (FORRAD), a support organization for smaller grass root groups, working nationwide in the field of rural development since 1980. Sarmistha Lahiri, founder and secretary of Hast Karigar Society, was the project consultant hired by FORRAD to implement the project.