Promoting social enterprises based on value addition of local, natural resources, especially bamboo, the “green gold”: A Wayanad-based NGO Uravu – Kerala

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URAVU is a non-government organization working with people, governments and businesses to implement programs for sustainable employment and income generation in rural areas. Uravu is a non-profit trust, established in 1996, registered under the Indian Trusts Act.

Uravu promotes social enterprises based on value addition of local, natural resources, especially bamboo, the “green gold”. Uravu implements integrated, end-to-end programs in the bamboo sector, which include providing skill training in bamboo processing, establishing micro enterprises, marketing of bamboo handicraft, cultivation of bamboo and promotion of eco-tourism.

Uravu strives for empowering marginalized social groups, especially the traditional artisans, women and the Indigenous People.

Uravu is located in Thrikkaipetta village in Wayanad district, Kerala state, South India

Date Visited: Sat Apr 04 2015 12:07:23 GMT+0200 (CEST)

Uravu is a premier agency in the country providing skill training in bamboo processing. Since its inception in 1996, Uravu has provided training in bamboo handicrafts to over 1000 women in different parts of Kerala and the neighboring states.

The master craftspersons at Uravu have undergone trainers’ training in various institutions including the Bamboo Studio, IIT-Mumbai, Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), and National Institute of Design (NID).

With the support of the Common Facilities Centre (CFC) in Thrikkaipetta village, Uravu has upgraded its training programs to include training in using various bamboo processing machines.

Date Visited: Sat Apr 04 2015 12:08:23 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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