Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), an Ahmedabad-based acknowledged national resource Institute for Entrepreneurship Education, Research, Training and Institution Building will establish ‘Common Facility Centre’ (CFC) for Janbazar Shoe Making Cluster in Kolkata. Janbazar Shoe Making CFC has received a sanction of Rs. 4.83 crore from Directorate of Small, Micro and Medium Industries, Government of West Bengal, for CFC Building, installation of plant & machinery and establishment of Raw Material Bank; which is likely to come up in next two years time.
In its final phase, CFC will contribute to holistic development and sustainability of cobblers – the intended beneficiaries of this project. CFC will be established not only to facilitate local cobblers, but also to manufacture shoes under the special purpose vehicle (SPV) established under common brand name.
Commenting on the benefits of CFC, Dr. Sanjay Pal, Senior Faculty, EDII said, “Establishment of CFC is the final phase of cluster development activities undertaken by the Institute for the Janbazar leather artisans in Kolkata. The purpose of establishing CFC is to ensure that cobblers can scale up their business through improved productivity and easy procurement of raw material, which have impacted their business so far. EDII has addressed the critical issues of age old traditional & manual operation, shortage of space, absence of design development and absence of institutional finance through development of this shoe making cluster.”
Professor Kaushik Mukherjee, Regional Head, EDII-Kolkata said, “CFC shall ideally facilitate the beneficiaries by supplying them the raw material in relatively lower price than the market; by establishing the marketing linkage; facilitate the job work in relatively lower price than the market and in many other ways. EDII, an Empanelled Project Management Consultant of Directorate of Small, Micro and Medium Industries, Govt. of West Bengal, is the only Institute to be on this project since its commencement in 2014 when soft intervention program was conducted.”
EDII’s skill development training programmes for artisans on establishing marketing linkages, financial schemes & products, design development, quality certification and study on retail chain, raw material & technology, have helped artisans to sustain their business and improve productivity.