bioRe COTTON India/Tanzania [The newest organic cotton born from one of the world’s biggest social projects]

bioRe cotton is organic cotton coming from the bioRe Project, currently functioning in India and Tanzania.
bioRe Project is known globally as a leading large-scale visionary project and has received many international awards for its achievement.
We have been a member of this project since 2001, and introduced bioRe cotton to Japan.

bioRe PROJECT

The bioRe Project was started by the Swiss company Remei AG,
which established the foundations in India in 1991, and Tanzania in 1994.

For more information REMEI AG

bioRe meets PANOCO

bioRe meets PANOCO

As a part of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), we are involved with the “bioRe Project” since 2007.
This project was started by the Swiss company REMEI AG, to produce organic cotton, in addition to creating activities ranging from providing trainings of organic farming, education for children, building infrastructure of healthcare and clean water, financial aid for engagement in agriculture, and contributing to independent women initiatives.

We are engaged in providing financial support for children's educational projects in India (establishment and operation of the Animation School) and the project for securing clean water resources (drilling and maintenance of wells) in Tanzania.

Animation school in the Kalakhet village in India

Panoco Tradings., has been supporting the operation of this school for last 5 years.
This is our 6th year being involved with this school and will continue to provide support. The village is under Julwaniya Extension Center satellite project.

■Location and Background
This settlement is located in the rural area of Barwani district.
The Animation School was started here in August of 2007.
There is a public school nearby, however during the rainy season, flooding prevents children from going to school. The Animation School is located about 60 km from the bioRe Training Center.

■Children
When the school opened,18 students registered to attend. Today, 39 boys and girls are attending the school. There are classes from pre-school to 5th grade.
In the beginning, classes were held in Mr. Laisinghs's house, who is a registered farmer of bioRe. In November 2010, the school construction was completed.
Mr. Gokul Chauhan has been teaching children since the school opened, and, now Mrs. Mamta teaches as well.

■School Materials
All children in the school received school bags, books and stationery.
The school also received sporting goods for cricket, football and volleyball, Chessboards, and art materials. All the children also received school uniforms made by bioRe hand-woven textiles.

■Health Examination
A health exam is conducted twice a year.

■Current Events
The school building, which had been eagerly anticipated, was completed successfully.
The grand opening of the school was held on November 26, 2010, and was celebrated by all the villagers as if it were a festival.

Wells in the Mwanyahina and Mwamishali villages in Tanzania.

We have donated three wells in the Mwanyahina and Mwamishali villages in Tanzania.

There are 474 families, consisting of 3,412 people, living in Mwanyahina, where there were no water resources during the dry season.
Drawing water is a job for women and children, wherein they have to travel for hours in order to get clean drinking water.
As a result, children did not have time to go to school.
People in this village, including the chief, were concerned about the future of the children and had been yearning for a water well.
The first and second wells were drilled in Mwanyahina.
The first well is now used by 76 families (1 family averages 8-10 members), and 47 families use the second one.
The third well was drilled in Mwamishali village.
Local residents were the work force behind the construction of the wells.
Building the wells was overseen by Justina from REMEI/bioRe, and after the completion, maintenance was given to the residents.

For the fourth well, NOC (Nippon Organic Cotton Association) joined the effort, and has continued to help us in building one well per year.
This year, the seventh well will be constructed.