Setting Up And Training In A Grassroot Workshop

Some pointers based on my experience with working with rural and urban community members

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The key purpose of the training program is always, “how do we enable increased access to livelihood opportunities for the community.” Mapping and exploring their  outside environment, and their inner fears and insecurities. Understanding their skills and available resources as  a group is key to a successful setting up and running of a social enterprise.

objectives of the training are:

  • Developing mechanisms to identify problems, gaps , needs or challenges in their environment and to come up with practical solutions.
  • Identifying and articulating their individual skills, knowledge, passion, talent – whatever they can bring to the table
  • Ideas to put all available resources, land, capital and time to productive use of earning an increased income and reduce unemployment
  • Be able to initiate AND run a sustainable social enterprise. Take responsibility and ownership.

    Inspirational quote – Bill Drayton , Ashoka

    Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give fish or teach you how to fish. they will not rest until they have changed the fishing industry

East meets West Collection 2!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacquard, the French invention is widely used material for fashion accessories like totes, pouches etc. At Conserve India, we envisioned the very same Jacquard with some “Indian” touch of “Gold Sequins work”, whose origins dates back to 2500 BC in Indus Valley.

 The result – Metal Sequins Embellished Clutch

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East meets West Collection 1!!!!!!!!!!!

Canvas that is widely used in western world for backpacks, pouches etc is an extremely durable plain woven fabric. At Conserve India, we envisioned the very same Canvas with some “Indian” touch of “Shisha or Mirror work embroidery”.

The result is here – Mirror embellished canvas pouch with tassels.

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Sari Makeover!!!!!!!!!!!

Contemporary Fashion Designers utilize every chance to re-fashion the good old humble sari.  When we got our hands on bunch of discarded sarees, how can we be left behind ?

At Conserve India, we like to think out of the box.  We added 3 reclaimed wooden poles to the slab of discarded sarees. The end product was this scintillating stool with recycled sari seat and reclaimed wooden legs

So, do you have new ideas to use the discarded sarees ?

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What to do with the loads of discarded sari?

Sari is one of the most revered symbol that is associated with grace and elegance.

A product that is usually much loved and used tends to find huge space in dumpster too.

So, what to do with the loads of discarded sari ?

Well, at Conserve India we like to innovate and create some quintessential Pouf like this one below.

So, do you have any new ideas to use the discarded sari?

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What to do with the discarded recycled plastic carpets?

When you have loads of discarded PET bottles. What would you do?

It is indeed a trend to recycle the PET bottles and create recycled plastic carpet.  It is no big brainer. Almost everyone is aware of this technique!

But, what to do with the discarded recycled plastic carpet?

Well, at Conserve India, we like to innovate and create some trendy trash cans like this one below.

So, do you have any new ideas to use the discarded recycled plastic carpet ?

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What to do with the bottle caps?

Most of the recycling centers ask patrons to remove and discard the bottle caps prior to the recycling of plastic or glass bottles. Of course, there may or may not be some exceptions. We are talking about majority here.

So, what to do with the bottle caps or tops?

Well, at Conserve India, we like to innovate and create some beautiful bottle cap table, bottle cap basket, bottle cap container etc.

So, do you any new ideas to use the discarded bottle caps ?

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