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Empowering rural women through waste recycling training

In a recently concluded waste recycling training programme, women were given the opportunity to empower themselves in Pema Gatshel. Over the course of three weeks, the women learnt to craft a variety of items using plastics, acquiring valuable skills to generate additional income for themselves and their families.

With newfound skills, these women can now transform plastic waste into beautifully crafted bags. A total of 21 women participated in the training, embracing the opportunity to secure their income and the future of their families.

“If we do this, it will help us raise our children and maintain a clean environment. It can also provide income during difficult times,” said Sangay Dema.

“We can recycle waste into products, sell them and earn money while keeping the environment clean,” said Sonam Chedon.

“We can weave these products at night since we have electricity. As farmers, we can work during the day and engage in weaving plastic bags at night. So, I seized this opportunity,” said Tshering Zangmo.

Chogyal Lhamo, the founder of Women Waste Recycler of Bhutan said that the women will have the opportunity to sell their recycled products through the outlet established in Bumthang and Trongsa.

“Soon, we will have outlets in Bumthang and Trongsa, where we will collect their products and facilitate their sale. Moreover, we will collaborate with the Pema Gatshel economic development office and sell the products through the Tshelingor CSI outlet. We are also working towards signing MoUs with the district’s economic development and marketing offices.”

The Women Waste Recycler of Bhutan, a non-profit organisation, aims to empower women through such training. With funding support from the UNDP and GEF Small Grant Program, the organisation has also provided similar training to women in Chhukha, Dagana, Paro, Thimphu and Trongsa.

Thinley Dorji, Pema Gatshel

Edited by Sonam Pem