Industree is dedicated to the betterment of India’s Indigenous Population 

Industree is dedicated to the betterment of India’s Indigenous Population 

Today, 9th August 2021 is the 17th International Day of World Indigenous Day  — dedicated to the indigenous people who are the inheritors and practitioners of unique culture and ways of relating to people and the environment. The United Nations General Assembly chose the date as it was for the first time on this day in 1982 that the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights met. 

In India, the indigenous people, from the various tribal communities are estimated to be 84,326,240, making up about 8.2 per cent of the country’s total population. Over the years, the Central and various State Governments have launched several schemes for the betterment of the indigenous people and allocated substantial sums to bring about changes in their living conditions and upliftment of their socio-economic life. Unfortunately, these changes are slow paced with uneven development.

That’s why the Industree Foundation with support from United States Agency for International

Development (USAID) is implementing the Producer-Owned Women Enterprises (POWER) project, which is dedicated to enhancing socio-economic opportunities and inclusion through social enterprise development. In particular, they are working towards mainstreaming the tribal communities of Odisha (Kandhamal district) and Karnataka (MM hills) by empowering them towards making creative manufactured products  and helping them access markets and also support financially to keep their industry on a roll. 

In the Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP)/ biodegradable leaf plate value chain 2,400 women producers will be mobilized and aggregated in six enterprises over three years of the project.The products included Siali and Sal leaf plates, which are biodegradable and fall under the NTFP value chains and are considered as the only source of income for over five lakh indigenous women in Odisha. The identified clusters in Sirla-Landruguda, K.Nuagoun, Daringbadi and Rutungia in Kandhamal District of Odisha have good potential in terms of availability of leaves, infrastructure, and women producers.

Even though Covid-19 has delayed things by quite a few years, we’re nonetheless committed to meet the new deadlines even as we work with the indigenous communities for this purpose. Even as many people are focused on a lot of other things, Industree is emphasizing on these last, least and lost communities. 

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