Under SBLIF, GTT launched its first social business initiative in partnership with SDRS, an NGO of Bangladesh in 2013 at Gaibandha. The project focuses on increasing income of rural households mostly living in chars (isolated river islands) through ensuring the best price for producers.
A significant number of single women including the ones abandoned by their husbands; widows; sole income earners of female-headed families including female students work on this social business to earn their living.
Significant number of these women are pursuing their academics and supporting their studies through earnings of this program. Furthermore, capacity building training such as technical and vocational training on handicrafts is provided to the producers to form a community of skilled women to produce handicrafts items like Omani caps.