Artisans and craftsmen in Bhutan are mostly from underprivileged group and necessitate taking more holistic approach to leverage their social and economical growth.
Skill Development – the gap between what craftsmen can produce and market demands is huge, which results in increasing import of handicrafts from neighboring country. In order to enhance competitiveness of the local craftsmen, HAB initiates numerous skills training on product innovation, adaptation, standardization and packaging including basic entrepreneur training.
Raw Material Depot – raw materials procuring individually is not favorable in terms of supply, quality and price. Therefore, HAB jointly with the craftsmen initiates bulk purchase of quality raw materials at cheaper price. The primary users of this service are small units of artisans and rural craftsmen.
Credit Initiative – one of the key challenges the crafts sector facing is financial burden to start a business due to unavailability of low interest rate credit scheme. HAB aspires to partner with the banking institutions, BOIC and other related organizations for initiating affordable financial support scheme for craftsmen.
Technological Up-gradation – the technological up-gradation focuses on supplementing certain components of manual production processes with low cost innovative technologies that will facilitate faster and better production.