Market Development Initiative for Bondhu Chula in Creating Entrepreneurs: A Case from Kachuai Union, Patiya Upazila, Chattogram
The purpose of the study is to assess the effectiveness of the project, “Market Development Initiative
for Bondhu Chula”. Most people in the rural area of Bangladesh use a traditional cooking device.
Biomass is the primary source of energy for cooking devices. The limitations of traditional cooking
devices demand the introduction of Bandhu Chula, which is claimed to be energy efficient and
environment-friendly. Hence potential entrepreneurs were trained to produce and sell this new
device. The study employed a qualitative approach. Fourteen stakeholders were interviewed. The
study found that users were not aware of this, and the local government representatives were not
sensitized. Only 4 per cent of households at Kachuai union of Patiya upazila of Chottogram were
found to use Bondhu chula – a fact, which indicates that the project failed to create entrepreneurs.
However, the users, and women, in particular, were found to be happy to use this cooking device as it
is less time consuming, energy-efficient, less costly and easy to cook.
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