Two women representatives of Dewathang Zero Waste Craft Group and Assistant Zero Waste Coordinator of SJI made a round trip from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan through center Bhutan (Trongsa and Gelephu) promoting their waste crafts and educating on it from 19th – 29th, April, 2016.
The team participated in three days ‘‘1st Green Exhibition of Bhutan’’ organized by Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in collaboration with Bhutan Event Expos (BEE), MoEA (Ministry of Economic Affair), NEC (National Environment Commission) and APIC (Agency for Promotion of Indigenous Crafts) in Thimphu.
The team trained more than 50 nuns, school teachers and students of Kuenga Rabten Anim Dratshang and Yudrungcholing Primary School in Trongsa and earned more than twenty thousand ngultrum by selling their waste crafts.
On the way back the team also visited Gelephu Bio- plate production center to learn about the plate production using areca nut bark and also to buy it to use for the upcoming SJI zero waste festival from 14th-16th May, 2016.
The ten days trip was enriching experience for the team to learn in terms of product development, quality of the crafts, and also to learn about marketing opportunities outside Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag .
SJI on behalf of zero waste craft group would like to thank APIC for inviting us to the ‘‘Green Exhibition of Bhutan’’ to showcase our products and Bhutan Trust Fund for Environment Conservation (BTFEC) for their financial support.