The core of the Tarango project is the launch of a new Tarango product line of indigenous handicraft produced in the Chittangong Hill Tracks (CHT) according to ancient tradition and design. The goal is to promote indigenous handicrafts on the market in order to raise awareness toward the richness of their cultures and traditions lowering the stigma against minorities, while providing the extreme poor community in the CHT with a new income generation activity. The business model is based on the establishment of the Indigenous Craft emporium in the CHT that works as the first museum for indigenous culture and as a sales point for locally made handcrafts. Through this emporium, the Tarango field officers dispatch the input material to beneficiaries as well as the design for the production, pay the artisans and run quality checks. In order to diversify the income sources of each household to ensure a higher status of resilience, Tarango distributed to the beneficiary households a secondary income generating asset (IGA) consisting of livestock that would allow them to further increase their income. In order to expand this second business, Tarango incentivizes its own beneficiaries to save money while increasing their access to credit. Therefore, the project team put in place a VSL system.
EEP/Shiree. Lesson Learning Report: Tarango. Shiree, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2015) 42 pp.