We, at Bamboo House India, envision to transform Rural and Tribal communities with bamboo-centered sustainable livelihood opportunities, and utilize bamboo as a low cost eco friendly substitute for wood, steel, and plastic and such!
Issues We're Addressing:
Creating business model for the bamboo housing activity
Providing livelihood opportunities to marginalised communities in the bamboo sector.
Designing, developing and promoting bamboo housing, urban and low cost rural housing
Promoting bamboo entrepreneurship
Advocating on the issue of forest restrictions on bamboo
Developing market linkages for bamboo products
Making bamboo as substitute for wood, steel, iron & plastic.
Bamboo House India, a social enterprise, was established in the year 2006 by first generation entrepreneurs, Prashant Lingam and Aruna Kappagantula. The need for an eco friendly furniture for home led to the birth of the enterprise.
India is the second largest producer of Bamboo in the world and our rural and tribal artisans are gifted with extraordinary skill sets, but due to lack of market exposure, they were surviving on a paltry income of 50-100 rupees per day mainly by making baskets. In fact, a majority of them were migrating to nearby towns. This very gap and opportunity scenario ignited a spark in the couple to support the bamboo artisans with livelihood opporunities and utilise bamboo as eco friendly building material and promote the concept of bamboo housing in the urban markets.
In addition to creating bamboo houses, the social enterprise also works in recycling plastic waste for building low cost shelters and providing fair price and enhanced income earning and livelihood opportunities to waste picking communities.