Kataara Women’s Poverty Alleviation Group
Kataara Women’s Poverty Alleviation Group runs an innovative small-scale enterprise selling handicrafts made with paper produced from elephant dung. The paper is used to make cards, menus, and notebooks that are sold to tourists. Women employed by the enterprise are also trained to construct energy-efficient cookstoves which are marketed locally. The group aims to not only alleviate regional poverty but also to conserve its environment for future generations.
The enterprise works with women to make paper from a unique local product - elephant dung. The innovative paper is used to make handicrafts like cards, menus, and notebooks that are sold to tourists. Women are also trained to construct energy-efficient cook stoves, which the enterprise markets locally.
Women work as paid employees and contribute a small membership fee to the enterprise. Profits are reinvested back into the enterprise as well as a micro-loan scheme that serves members. Using the dung is also creating a strong sense of community cohesion; people see the benefits in looking after the elephants and work together to better their habitat and the overall environment.
- Create a comprehensive business and financial plan.
- Seek funding to expand the enterprise’s membership and services to other parishes within the region.
- Conduct research to find new markets that the enterprise’s handicraft and paper products could be sold to.
- Continue to market cook stoves to surrounding villages by holding training sessions for community members, educating them on the benefits and uses of clean energy.