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OIKKO Foundation is driven by the motto
CMSME For Development
OIKKO unofficially commenced its activities from May 1, 2014, on the auspicious occasion of International Labour Day. The organization started its foremost actions with the grassroots level research, information collection, and launch of "Bhagyalakshmi - SME Bangladesh", the first-ever CMSME television program of Bangladesh aired on the renowned private satellite TV channel, Channel i. The program is now being broadcast as "Uddokta (Entrepreneur)".
As a non-profit organization, OIKKO has been acting relentlessly to build an identity of prominence for the SME entrepreneurs of Bangladesh. Their traditional and digital training, capacity building, merchandise production, and production efficiency building have been the core work areas of this organization. National and international display and promotion of SME products, the establishment of online marketplaces, increasing online sales, planning and creating 491 Upazila digital SME product experience outlet have been continuous concentrations of OIKKO.
OIKKO WORKS TO DEVELOP
National and international display and promotion of SME products, the establishment of online marketplaces, increasing online sales, planning and creating new markets along with publishing and promoting the campaigns have been the continuous concentrations of OIKKO.
OIKKO aims to create a nourished workplace for both female and male SME entrepreneurs and their workforce to ensure their well being both physically and mentally; to increase the employment rate and ensure sustainability for the growth of CMSME industry of Bangladesh.
Traditional and digital training, merchandise production and production efficiency building have been the core areas of the organization's work scopes.
Working closely with SME entrepreneur culture and development activities, OIKKO aspires to be a partner in the formation of "Shonar Bangla". We participate in the policy-making of the CMSME industry of Bangladesh through providing opinions, feedback, and field-level experiences.
OIKKO IMPACTS ON CMSMEs
In 2014, Oikko Foundation commenced its journey with the stepping stone of initiating a program on SME entrepreneurs on the country's leading satellite telly Channel i, marking the first of its kind show, research and activity on the country's SME industry on television. To date, the show has reached the milestone of broadcasting 300 episodes. The weekly 25-minute long episodes of the show have reintroduced the SME and CMSME sectors to the post-independence Bangladesh. The entrepreneurial program by Oikko Foundation on Channel i is the first and complete CMSME based show in the country to this day. The CMSME sector owes this non-profit organization greatly for its direct contribution in developing the sector making it known far and wide.
After three years of research, Oikko Foundation observed a lack of platform for CMSME entrepreneurs to market, distribute and sell their products. This issue urged the Oikko personnel to strongly commit themselves to solve it. They came to a conclusion that the products of the entrepreneurs will be sold online in his name at his price as direct selling. Hence, the first and only declared online market for CMSME products in the entire Southeast Asia got established taking the CMSME sector of the country to a greater height. The foundation is also working towards establishing showrooms of CMSME products in all the 492 upazilas of the 1,47,570 sqkm country simultaneously under an integrated project.
Oikko Foundation believes in developing CMSME. And that requires to showcase billions of products of millions of CMSME entrepreneurs. Thus, Oikko Foundation has taken the initiative to establish CMSME outlets, sales and display centers as well as digital experience outlets.
The foundation has launched a 24/7 online news portal Uddokta Barta for the CMSME entrepreneurs. The news portal brings a new wave of online reports, contents, live shows and digital broadcast on the activities of SME entrepreneurs and their progress revealing their new identity and mobility. The entrepreneurs discovered a new world made for them at uddoktabarta.com that includes seminars and fairs - both regional and national even on special occasions. With that, the journey, success and struggles of the CMSME entrepreneurs get published on the news portal every day. All the news on the CMSME sector is available 24/7 to the entrepreneurs at all digital platforms of Uddokta Barta.
While participating in intensive research and practical robust activities on CMSME, Oikko Foundation got inspired to see its huge skilled workforce. They are the artisans of a strong economy. Hence, out of care, the foundation has taken initiatives to create awareness among them about their health, both physical and mental. Because better health makes a better workforce. So, the foundation started organizing regular health camps for the workers at the factories jointly with various private and public hospitals. Oikko Health of the foundation started conducting health checkups providing health tips with the advice of experienced doctors. This initiative created health awareness among the workforce of CMSME which in turn made them attentive towards advanced health care.
There are so many young men and women in this country with great potential who are stricken with unemployment. They want to be entrepreneurs. Instead of only looking for jobs going door to door, they can now be SME entrepreneurs by themselves through digital training received online. They can enter the lives of entrepreneurs by following the international standard curriculum. They will be able to produce and create employment for others too from any place in the country. Such a process has been made easier by a special board of Oikko Foundation where world-class training sessions are conducted by country's best and award-winning SME entrepreneurs. This marks the biggest digital project aimed at creating CMSME entrepreneurs in the country.
To encourage small and big investors to invest in CMSMEs, Oikko Foundation is exploring ways to make the sector investment friendly in all 8 divisions and 64 districts of the country. With the motto - to drive huge investment in small business - the foundation is running large scale operations to portray the CMSME sector as investment friendly at different national and international events and exhibitions even on special occasions through its program Oikko Biniyog Boloy.