The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) with the Tripura Bamboo and Cane Development Centre (TRIBAC) and Dorbar of Myrdon Nongbah village, Ri-Bhoi initiated four-day skill development training for 40 rural women.
The training began on December 17 in the presence of SIDBI and TRIBAC officials and concluded on December 21.
The basic objective was to train rural women on different food item making processes, including pickle from bamboo shoot and different seasonal fruits. SIDBI took this first of its kind initiative by setting up a Swavalanban Living Lab at Myrdon Nongbah to empower the rural community with technology and a source of livelihood.
The Swavalamban Living Lab is meant to empower the village community with basic infrastructure, train them in different technologies related to bamboo activity, create green jobs, increase women empowerment and develop entrepreneurship among rural artisans, women and youth. The lab aims to use pro-poor community and enterprise-friendly technology, scientific system of collection, drying and preservation of bamboo shoots, scientific and attractive packaging, an increase income for artisans by selling bamboo food products, create green jobs, empower rural women, nurture local entrepreneurs and create sustainable development.
TRIBAC is the implementation agency of Swavalamban Living Lab, which is a premier institution working and implementing different projects related to bamboo technology.
TRIBAC also aims to train 500 rural women in different bamboo-related skill development activities. It also aims to develop Myrdon Nongbah as a hub for bamboo-related activities. It plans to add more facilities and services to this Swavalamban Living Lab. The lab will be used by local people initially free of cost and in a sustainable mode by the local community.