Weaving Destination, a Social Enterprise started as a livelihood programme of a non-government organization called NEDAN Foundation in its early years of inception with home based looms. Now we have 3 weaving centers and 2 training centers across the Bodoland Territorial Council.
Our Inception: How did we start?
Weaving Destination started as a livelihood initiative of a non-government organization (NGO) called NEDAN Foundation in its early years of inception in 2004. Women in villages of two districts of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) with home-based looms were initially involved. The first Weaving Destination Centre was initiated and overseen by the NEDAN Foundation in 2008 to set up a more formal structure. This enabled a centre to be built for creating livelihood opportunities and facilitating socio-economic empowerment of women by involving local tribal women including women living with HIV, survivors of human trafficking and female migrant returnees who are highly vulnerable to re-trafficking and impoverishment.
With the creation of the Weaving Destination Centre, the women were able to stay and work in a safe environment. Weaving sheds were built housing looms along with sewing rooms where the materials are hand finished and garments produced. Dormitories and cooking facilities were also integral along with opportunities for self development and training courses. Weaving Destination enhances the weaving skills of Bodo women extending this ethnic cultural heritage as a source of sustainable livelihoods.
As products were sold the profits were shared between the weavers and the programme managers allowing more centres to be built and greater opportunities to be offered to other vulnerable women. NEDAN, through Weaving Destination and other home-based looms currently employs 339 ethnic women for eri-silk yarn extraction, weaving, and sewing the end products. Weaving Destination now has 3 weaving centers and 2 training centers across the Bodoland Territorial Council. One of its weaving centres has a residential campus with capacity for 30 women residents.
Such was the success of the initiative that in May 2012, Weaving Destination reached a level of autonomy to be registered as an independent social enterprise. The social enterprise though independently registered retains its developmental and social welfare links with its charity arm, NEDAN Foundation.
It has established itself for its indigenous weaved patterns and products. A journey to establish Weaving Destination as Global Social Brand for women’s empowerment began with its international start-up unit in Edinburgh, UK in 2012.