We envision a more sustainable climate-resilient world that recognises skills, knowledge, ethics of the villages and grassroots communities.
Who We Are ?
The flood and landslide that shook the state in 2018 Monsoon pushed millions of poor and marginalized into absolute poverty. Post-disaster, the livelihood of Dalits and Adivasis were severely stuck. Options such as daily wage works, marginal farming, and others became unviable for many months. The number of working days and income from farming has been reduced substantially.
By the time circumstances were back to normal, people were already tangled in debts and the situation further went downhill with the onslaught of the Covid-19 Pandemic. To address the miserable situation, Dalit and Adivasi women constituted the producer company, Fibrent.
A New Begining
The idea of 'fibrent' evolved from RIGHTS - a not for profit organization, having immense experience in working with marginalized communities and Disaster Risk Reduction. They played an active role in the post-disaster situation in Kerala and realized the situation and decided to address. RIGHTS selected women from different marginalised communities of the disaster affected areas.
Recognising the urgent need in addressing the severity of climate change which in turn is the source for the harsh monsoon sessions we are facing year after year, we were clear that our livelihood options would also be climate-smart. After a serious round of research and deliberations, we recognised that the river basins that created havoc during the flood are a rich source of natural fibres.
An Alternative Thought
Being a caste-based hereditary occupation and that the products were very traditional, once-thriving household traditional bamboo industry were unable to catch up with the changing market perspectives. Also, despite everyone in the household being involved in the process, they were unable to get a proper income from the market. In order to address this reality, a systematic approach was introduced.
Multi-level training is being given to the Adivasi - Dalit women on all aspects of making the most modern bamboo products. These well-trained women federate as the producers, and Fibrent incorporated as a Producer Company. And with that came our primary objective- to realize the dreams of every woman involved. To make them economically independent.
Refining Bamboo Products
Design, train and expand bamboo products and make it household concept.
Make use of all other natural fibers from sustainability perspective.
Climate Resilient Model
Conduct, exhibit and propagate of products and skills of the communities across the world as climate resilient model.
Climate Mitigation Model
Planting of natural fibers as a climate mitigation model for flood resistance etc.
Empowering women from the marginalized communities in entrepreneurial skills and propagate its models.
Surviving Kerala Flood, 2018
Initiated dialogue with Flood affected Dalit- Adivasi communities about using natural fibre based bussines as livlyhood optionDecember, 2018
Community consultative and dialogue process zero down to Bamboo craft-based business enterprisesApril,2019
First Batch of Trainees
With the help of Eraviperoor Grama Panchayath, started the selection process for the first batch of traineesJuly, 2019
Training has been conducted in Eraviperror, Thiruvalla of Pathanamthitta District, Muthavazhi and Mithrakari of Alapuzha district, Chinnapparakudy of Idukki districtNovember 2019-January, 2020
When trained women start making products and are about to hit the market - Covid- 19 national lockdown has been announced. This was a major setback but women's groups are determined that they will continue the processMarch, 2020
Skill Enhancement Programme
Started refresher training, technical training, training on building infrastructure for different batches. Pandemic time is effectively used for capacity and skill-buildingMay, 2020
Establishing Production Units
Established production units at Thottapuzha, Chinnaparakudy and MuthavazhiJune, 2020
Federated women's groups into producer company - registration process startedSeptember, 2020
Started online-offline sales2021
New Group Joined
A new group from Thattekanankudy joined to fibrent2022
Fibrent.in launched with new and developed Facilities18th March, 2022