Hamri Bahini sells 100,000 ‘green’ bags, raises Rs 5m

- GAURAV THAPA, Kathmandu
Hamri Bahini sells 100,000 ‘green’ bags, raises Rs 5m

Feb 20, 2015-

Hamri Bahini Bag Enterprise made strong start to business with more than 100,000 ‘green’ bags sold since its establishment two years ago. The enterprise collected more than Rs 5 million in revenue.

A part of Himalayan Climate Initiative, Hamri Bahini Biodegradable Green Shopping Bag was launched in February, 2013,to discourage the use of plastic bags. The environment-friendly bags are available in all outlets of Bhatbhateni, Big Mart, CG Mart and Saleways in Kathmandu at a subsidised rate of Rs 30. The stores also charge customers Re 1 for each plastic bag under the ‘polluter pays’ principle which generated Rs 3.5 million in the past two years.

Of the 100,000 bags, 80,000 were sold through department stores while 20,000 were sold at events by schools, colleges and other organisations. Hamri Bahini employs disadvantaged women. Over 1,600 women are currently registered with the enterprise and over 200 are already employed. “We can solve the problems of environment and the underprivileged women through this initiative,” said Hamri Bahini Bag Enterprise chief Seitu Hada. The enterprise also collects information on underprivileged women and helps them find suitable employers for jobs such as housemaids, cleaners and cooks. These women earn upto Rs 12,000 a month.

Hada said Hamri Bahini can develop into a model social enterprise with wider participation of various organisations committed to the cause.

 

Published: 21-02-2015 07:11

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