Established in 2000, Industree Foundation aims to tackle the root causes of poverty by creating an ownership-based manufacturing ecosystem for micro-entrepreneurs. Industree’s approach helps communities assess their traditional skill base, organise them into production units, develop products that appeal to modern markets, and create consistent demand to create sustainable businesses at the lowest possible costs.
Through their 2018-2019 project, Industree aims to tackle the root causes of poverty through the provision of support for micro-entrepreneurs. It will employ an end-to-end model in which it will train and empower producers to form a producer-owned enterprise that creates child labour free products. They will train the producers on hard and soft skills (technical skills for creating the products as well as financial literacy, quality standardization, etc.) and develop leaderships skills over time among selected producers, in order to enhance the independence and sustainability of enterprises. Industree will also conduct outreach and awareness to showcase their products among retailers to develop buyer demand for child labour free products. Market pull for sustainable products will propel the neighbourhoods in the supply chain to promote eradication of child labour and Industree will support producers to become change agents in their communities.