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EcoPlanet Bamboo's Free Trade School

10th March 2014

In 2013 EcoPlanet Bamboo launched a trade and training school to teach marginalized communities to create value added products from unprocessed bamboo. Individuals from this school now manufacture and sell a range of goods.

The bamboo trade school, located at our Central American headquarters in Rama is freely available to participants from the commuities surrounding our plantations. It aims at empowering women as well as seasonal workers from our bamboo plantations by providing them with the knowledge and skills required to make artisan bamboo furniture and handicrafts.

Once trained, microfinance loans and a supply of bamboo are provided to these indivduals to stimulate entrepreneurism and the development of microenterprises. Loans are paid back upon sucessful sale of crafts, leaving the individuals with their own job security. The bamboo products are sold both locally and in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

Although EcoPlanet Bamboo's business is the planting and harvesting of commercial scale bamboo plantations aimed at serving large global timber based manufacturing companies, this program increases skills training, interest and appreciation for bamboo and the creation of long term jobs at the community level,  on top of the company's 300+ permanent jobs.

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