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Project for natural fibre entrepreneurs

 GUWAHATI, Sept 9 - The UNDP, in association with HSBC India, has launched the Business Enterprise Leadership and Management Programme, applicable for social entrepreneurs from all northeastern states, under the project PROSPER (Producers in Organised Supply Chain Enterprise), stated a press release issued here.

 PROSPER is designed in partnership with Dasra, Industree Foundation, with IIM Shillong as an academic partner. BELMP is designed for social entrepreneurs working in the natural fibre value chain in Northeast India. Launched on August 21 last, the BELMP application process will end on October 2.

To apply for the programme, social entrepreneurs need to either be working directly with natural fibres such as jute, bamboo, coconut, eri, water hyacinth and others, or their related, value-added products in the handloom, handicraft and agriculture and allied sectors. The UNDP will hand-hold the entrepreneurs for a year and half till 2022, the release stated.

This time, selected entrepreneurs will first go through a six-month training via online mode with IIM Shillong. After the six-month period, the UNDP will support the selected entrepreneurs to scale their businesses through another year of deep mentoring for creating market linkages and developing financial capital. It will also give an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to work closely with their producer communities to build their capacities, the release added.

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