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cocobagh

Together with our fabric bag partners in India, WBC launched the Cocobagh Social Business Venture in 2015.

Based in West Bengal, the Cocobagh project creates training and employment opportunities in the local community surrounding our production facility.

Cocobagh focuses on empowering widowed women who have little to no access to training or employment and teaches them the male-dominated art of stitching and bag making. Our goal is to support these women by providing them with the basic finances, the skills and route to employment – so that they can ultimately afford to send their children to school.

Inspired by the coconut palm trees we ceremoniously planted when we inaugurated the project, the word ‘Cocobagh’ in Hindi means ‘Coconut Garden’, a fitting tribute to a project we hope will grow like the trees.

Cocobagh is a sustainable business where all profits are reinvested back into the project to offer more opportunities for the whole community.

What Does
Cocobagh Do?

Cocobagh identifies local women needing support and invites them to attend training workshops, where they learn the art of stitching and bag making .

The attendees are paid for their time and encouraged to join the project on a permanent basis and eventually become employed as stitchers, producing specific products in our fabric bag range. The profits from these products are reinvested to provide more opportunities for other local women.

To date, 18 women have been part of the Cocobagh project with 12 of them now employed on a permanent basis.

It takes an average of 6 months of training for a student to reach a commercially viable standard of stitching.

Every person starts their training with our basic tote style bags, once they’ve mastered this they move on to aprons.

Meet The
Women

All the women who have joined the project have overcome personal challenges and had to find the confidence and motivation to get this far.

We are humbled by their determination and hard work, we’re very proud to be a part of their journey.

Jaheda Khatun

Manu Mondal

Sanjura Bibi

Sakila Khatun

Jaheda joined the project in 2017, she learnt new skills and grew in confidence, which resulted in her finding full-time work with a factory not far away from where she lives.

Manu started at the Cocobagh Project back in 2015 and is now one of the senior stitchers. The project has helped Manu develop self-confidence, as well as her bag making skills.

Sanjura was very shy when she first joined the Cocobagh Training programme. As her skills have developed, she has become much more confident in all aspects of her life

Sakila was one of the very first women to join the project back in 2015. Her skills have empowered her to become the most senior stitcher and ‘Mother’ of the project.

The
Cocobagh Tag

Wherever you see the ‘Cocobagh’ swing tag on WBC products, these products directly contribute and support the Cocobagh Social Business Venture.

In purchasing them you’ll be reminded not just of the talented artisan producers who make them, but also the opportunities your money is creating to help new women learn the skills needed to make them.

How You
Can Help

Buying products with a Cocobagh label ensures continued investment in the project, helping to continue the traditions of artisan handicrafts whilst offering communities the opportunity to train and support marginalised people. As we develop more products that can be produced by the women in our projects, more people can be trained – because all the profits are re-invested.

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Together with our fabric bag partners in India, WBC launched the Cocobagh Social Business Venture in 2015.

 Based in West Bengal, the Cocobagh project creates training and employment opportunities for the community surrounding our production facility.

 Aimed at a community particularly marginalised through cultural or social reasons, Cocobagh focuses on empowering widowed women who have little to no access to training or employment.

By teaching them the male dominated art of stitching, our goal is to support these women by providing them with the basic finances, the skills needed and a route to employment – so they can ultimately afford to send their children to school.

What Does
Cocobagh Do?

Cocobagh identifies local women needing support and invites them to attend training workshops, where they learn the art of stitching
and bag making .

 The attendees are paid for their time and encouraged to join the project on a permanent basis and eventually become employed as stitchers, producing specific products in our fabric bag range. The profits from these products are reinvested to provide more opportunities for other local women.

To date, 18 women have been part of the Cocobagh project with 12 of them now employed on a permanent basis.

It takes an average of 6 months of training for a student to reach a commercially viable standard of stitching.

Every person starts their training with our basic tote style bags, once they’ve mastered this they move on to aprons.

Meet
The Women

 The attendees are paid for their time and encouraged to join the project on a permanent basis and eventually become employed as stitchers, producing specific products in our fabric bag range. The profits from these products are reinvested to provide more opportunities for other local women.

Jaheda Khatun

Jaheda joined the project in 2017, she learnt new skills and grew in confidence, which resulted in her finding full-time work with a factory not far away from where she lives.

Manu Mondal

Manu started at the Cocobagh Project back in 2015 and is now one of the senior stitchers. The project has helped Manu develop self-confidence, as well as her bag making skills.

Sanjura Bibi

Sanjura was very shy when she first joined the Cocobagh Training programme. As her skills have developed, she has become much more confident in all aspects of her life.

Sakila Khatun

Sakila was one of the very first women to join the project back in 2015. Her skills have empowered her to become the most senior stitcher and ‘Mother’ of the project.

The
Cocobagh Tag

Wherever you see the ‘Cocobagh’ swing tag on WBC products, these products directly contribute and support the Cocobagh
Social Business Venture.

In purchasing them you’ll be reminded not just of the talented artisan producers who make them, but also the opportunities your money is creating to help new women learn the skills needed to make them.

How You
Can Help

Buying products with a Cocobagh label ensures continued investment in the project, helping to continue the traditions of artisan handicrafts whilst offering communities the opportunity to train and support marginalised people.

As we develop more products that can be produced by the women in our projects, more people can be trained –because all the profits are
re-invested.