Bamboo Community

The Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC), in partnership with the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) is implementing a project in India named as
Promote Bamboo MSME Clusters for Sustainable Development
funded by the European Union (EU) under its SWITCH Asia Programme.



The objective of the project is to foster bamboo products as a sustainable substitute of less renewable resources like timber and promote economic prosperity of the tribal including women in less developed regions in 9 states of India. The project will support commercialisation of high potential bamboo products in the housing, craft, lifestyle & toys sectors.



Since the launch of the program, FMC has done extensive work at the ground level to develop the rural bamboo artisan and cultivator community. They have been working with a vision of creating 2500 bamboo entrepreneurs. To achieve this goal, they have been assisting the communities in gaining access to plantation resources, government grants, skill enhancement and new venture creation, among many other key sector upliftment areas. Almost 1500 enterprises have already been created or expanded with significant income enhancement, new product development, expanded markets and increased entrepreneurial competencies among the vulnerable communities with a strong gender bias towards women.



Further to this endeavour, FMC has created a Knowledge Dissemination Platform that gives access to digital training and educational content required for developing the enterprise. The topics covered under this educational platform range from need based technical and managerial information, inputs, insights, and guidance for bamboo manufacturing and marketing.



Woody Grass and FMC have collaborated to take this message to a larger audience and bring to market the efforts of the artisan community.

Click on the YouTube icon on the site to watch all the educational content on our channel and feel free to share the same with people who care for our planet earth and want to make use of this wonder material - bamboo

Watch this space for more updates on our collaborative efforts and join us to create a more sustainable environment for our future generations.