Alternative Livelihood

The lives of the locals in Sundarbans are mostly dependent on forest resources for different livelihood opportunities. However their regular interaction with the mangroves often leads them towards fatal encounters with wild lives. Moreover, over-exploitation of resources is disturbing the ecological balance of the entire region. To overcome this problem, the forest department along with the local JFMCs initiated Alternative Livelihood programs in Sundarban Tiger Reserve.

There are several ongoing alternative livelihood programs are running in different parts of the region. Among all of these, we are directly associated with the execution of Agarbatti, Gamcha and Brown rice production. We have conducted training programs where women of Local Self help groups participated with aspirations to work independently. Machine installation, maintenance and all other following services are also being regularly provided to them. In the long run it is expected to uplift their economic positions by helping them earn entirely on their own and most importantly mitigate the human-animal conflict.

Agarbatti (Incense Sticks)

At present, women of different Self Help Groups in Amlameti region of Bali island are producing agarbattis of three different perfumes with manual paddle machines. This project is slowly expanding towards a small-scale industry in which 60-70 individuals are working currently.

Gamcha (Handmade Towel)

Women of different Self Help Groups in Bali Island are weaving Gamcha with handlooms and are undergoing a process to build an independent production house. At present this project is helping at least 50 individuals.

These efforts are also steps towards Women Empowerment where so many women came together and are gradually becoming the breadwinners for their families. The productions of these SHGs are seeking a breakthrough to establish its market entry under the brand name “Bonodebi”. We aspire to help them to succeed in their effort and introduce such initiatives in future for ensuring ecological sustenance in Sundarbans.

  • Alternative livelihood generation at Indian Sundarban through Agarbatti production by Self-help group women in 2018
  • Alternative liovelihood generation at Indian Sundarban through Brown rice production with motorized Dheki by Self-help group women.
  • Alternative livelihood generation at Indian Sundarban through handloom gamchha production by Self-help group women in 2019