Aroni Social Business Project

Aroni Mustered Oil final-2014 222 The third initiative being implemented under the Social Business Learning and Innovation Fund by Grameen Telecom Trust (GTT) is called “Aroni Limited”. This is a Social Business project formed in conjunction with “Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO)”. The project will focus initially in producing and supplying pure mustard oil throughout the country starting from Thakurgaon (where the project is based). The business will eventually engage more than 1000 indigenous farmers who will be paid the best price for their mustard. The partner ESDO, is a renowned NGO-MFI of North Bengal, which has been working tirelessly for the last two and a half decades in uplifting the livelihood of the poor and marginalized(mainly women) in the region.

Their endeavors and achievements in the last 23 years in the fields of social development have earned them accolades such as, ‘Best Organization in Non- Formal Education – 1997’ by the Government of Bangladesh and ‘Best Microfinance Institution of the year – 2006’ by Citibank N.A. Their work areas include food security and disaster management, agricultural development, rights and governance, education, health, nutrition, environment and micro finance and entrepreneurship development which have transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in building their capacity and attaining self-confidence, leading to self-reliance.