A month-long training course on Jute goods manufacturing has begun at the Porabasti Slum of Mirpur on 5 December, thanks to an initiative by local NGO SPACE.
The workshop was arranged with an aim to commercially manufacture and export 100% biodegradable and environment friendly jute shopping bags and at the same time create employment opportunities for slum dweller women, especially who lost their jobs at garments factories due to the pandemic, said a press release.
The programme was inaugurated by Rashedul Islam, director-general of NGO Affairs Bureau , and addressed by Razia Sultana, local councillor; Iqbal Karim, country director of RET International; and Md Salah Uddin Bepary, executive dirctor of SPACE.
Besides, local respresentatives of the slum area, among others, attented the occasion.
The speakers at the function underscored the need for integrated initiatives by all concerned in promoting environment-friendly jute goods for gradually phasing out packaging materials of synthetic materials harmful to environment.
The training course was organised under a project funded by Switzerland-based NGO –'RET International' and implemented by SPACE.