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NCVI’s Infrastructure Inaugurated and TK 2,92,000 Distributed as Dividend Among the Artisans
June 20, 2011
Nijera Cottage and Village Industries (NCVI) organized Infrastructure Inauguration & Dividend Distribution ceremony on 17 June, 2011 at Rajendrapur, Rangpur. The event has been possible after four years of efforts to make NCVI, the extremely poor workers' and artisans' owned Social Enterprise, profitable.

NCVI distributed 2 lac 92 thousand taka (approximate 4000USD) dividends among 211 artisans. The success of this community led and owned social enterprise was highly appreciated by the representatives of local administration and Government and civil society.

The Guest of Honor of this ceremony, Nick Southern - Country Director of CARE Bangladesh, expressed his feeling, "It’s really amazing that the extreme poor led organization shows us the way to eradicate the poverty. It could be a unique model to combat against the poverty." He thanked all the hard workers of NCVI to make it a success. The Special Guest of this occasion, Mr Ruhul Amin Khan - Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rangpur, said in his speech, "I appreciate the success of extreme poor. This organization not only helps the extreme poor to come out from the poverty but also contributing in the national economy by earning valuable foreign currency." He assured of providing all kinds of support to NCVI in future.

Sumantho Kumar Barman, the chairperson of NCVI, told audiences that NCVI is not a charity, it is a social business where workers are the owners. His organization is visioning to engage 4 thousands of people within a couple of years and will be one of the largest business organization of Northwest, he added.

Anowarul Haq, Team Leader of SETU Project of CARE Bangladesh, in his speech said, “Today is historic in the sense that a Social Enterprise of extremely poor is distributing its profit, which is quite rare in Bangladesh”. The organization will contribute significantly in coming days to change the socio-economic well being of thousands of people in Northwest, he hoped.

Managing Director of NCVI, Salma Begum thanked all stakeholders including local government, district administration and CARE Bangladesh for continuous cooperation and hoped that it will continue in future.

The inaugurated infrastructure comprises of spaces for natural dying, storage facilities, washing and quilting. It ensures very comfortable work space for the workers. Local materials are used to build the unique infrastructure.

Funded by shiree/eep - a partnership between Department for International Development (DfID) and Government of Bangladesh, SETU project of CARE Bangladesh is presently collaborating with NCVI to flourish as a social enterprise. As an enterprise of the poorest, it started its journey in the field of business in 2007. The organization has already been able to secure niche market for its exclusive products branded as "Living Blue".

It was not an easy mission to reach the high end market from the remotest part of a developing country, but skills, efforts and sincerity of the workers and artisans make it possible. Now NCVI is exporting their products in Europe, Canada and India.

NCVI is presently producing very high quality Natural Indigo, known as "true" Bengal Indigo. It has a range of indigo dyed hand stitched textiles. The organization is presently catering the demand of high-end western market. The products become more excusive as these are environment friendly and handmade.
As a Social Enterprise, NCVI has keen focus on Humanitarian, Environmental and Sustainability issues. Also this organization follows the democratic values in their policy and decision making process.

SETU Project, CARE Bangladesh
For more information on NCVI, please contact - livingblue.nijera@gmail.com





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