Tribal Development Department

Bamboo Livelihoods Business Enterprise Project

CIBART implemented a replicable and scalable sustainable livelihoods development project based on bamboo in South Gujarat. The project is now self-supporting and continues without financial support.

The pilot, supported by the Development Support Agency (D-SAG), Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat which, began in August 2009.

Technical backstopping support and overall project supervision was received from INBAR, This project works at each level of the bamboo value chain from resource building through processing to marketing and enterprise development. The beneficiaries were the primitive South Gujarat Kotwalia tribe. Bamboo production and processing was strengthened, intensive training inputs were provided, commercial market linkages were developed, and today the community which was considered untouchable have has sustainable livelihoods, they have regular bank accounts, are eligible for bank credit, and have an improved quality of life.


  • CIBART established two high quality Common Facility Centres for processing and furniture production.
  • One hi-tech tissue culture nursery.
  • One traditional nursery for plants propagation and nurturing in the operational districts.
  • Support in homestead plantation.
  • Block and boundary plantation.
  • Continuous skills building training programmes for farmers and artisans.
  • Making bamboo furniture.
  • Making bamboo handicrafts.
  • Making bamboo structures.
  • Prototyping different bamboo products.

Outcomes of the self supporting project

  • Over 200 artisans employed at both CIBART centres.
  • Improved and sustainable per capita incomes.
  • All artisans have regular bank accounts and access to credit from banks.
  • Increased expenditure on quality food, clothing and education to the children.