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Traditional Hand block printing products made by skilled artisans from a textile supplier, exporting these products worldwide.
Traditional Hand block printing products made by skilled artisans from a textile supplier, exporting these products worldwide.

Two years ago after I successfully completed my two-month training with a mentor from the Vietnam team, I received my passport to join the Hinrich Foundation journey. Since then work has floated by, letting me pass along different states, people, cultures, various labor-intensive industries and it still continues. Between the journeys, I received the opportunity to learn. I was able to observe and appreciate the beauty of and gain real insight to Indian handicrafts and had the opportunity to help various industries grow on an international level. The most satisfying thing in this journey has been that we are doing it for a cause – creating job opportunities for society.

Creating my dream job

I read an excerpt from a list of 25 motivational phrases. It said the dream job does not exist; you have to create it. At present, I think I am close to finishing its creation, because at this job I get the satisfaction of maintaining personal growth (learning new things every day and being exposed to different countries and cultures), organizational growth (good results) and the growth of society (creating jobs).

A picture taken during my visit to Rajasthan to recruit Furniture suppliers.
A picture taken during my visit to Rajasthan to recruit Furniture suppliers.

Another great thing about my job is that if I am at a common gathering, party or function, my job helps me take part in many business conversations due to my product knowledge and exposure to various labor-intensive and handicraft industries. I am in-the-know on and can converse about the latest developments in the Indian market (such as online selling), exports and Made in India because of my work.

Knowledge through experience

My visit to a blue pottery supplier workshop while providing training to its staff in Jaipur city.
My visit to a blue pottery supplier workshop while providing training to its staff in Jaipur city.

As part of the foundation’s mission of “Trade-related education and training,” three Indian citizens received full scholarships to pursue their masters in trade-related education from Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong. These scholars came back to India and helped me and the foundation to achieve our goal of promoting sustainable global trade.

Under Export Assistance Program (EAP), I had the opportunity to work with suppliers in eight different industries- Garments & Textiles, Gifts & Premiums, Fashion Accessories, Home Décor, Footwear, Tableware & Dinnerware and Ceramics. I have traveled to various North Indian states, cities and villages meeting people of different backgrounds and cultures.

I have encountered organized to unorganized sectors, the working styles of highly skilled to unskilled workers, home-based workshops to large enterprises. I have worked wherever necessary to educate suppliers more about the export business. Having these experiences and learning about India’s huge manufacturing and export business world has helped me immensely.

I also had the opportunity to work with various handicraft and export promotional councils of India, which helped me to learn various issues the government is working to address to help the Indian exporters.

International experience

Attending workshops and training sessions in Hong Kong with my teammates from seven different countries (the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal Cambodia, Indonesia and Laos) was truly a new experience for me. Apart from professional discussions, I have come to understand different languages, food and culture.

Sunil posing in front of a furniture hall after meeting the suppliers during International Handicraft & Gift Fair near New Delhi.
Sunil posing in front of a furniture hall after meeting the suppliers during International Handicraft & Gift Fair near New Delhi.

Trade fairs are also a part of my job. I have been on the both sides of this platform of connecting buyers with suppliers. The whole foundation team exhibits our suppliers from Southeast Asia and their products at the Global Sources China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong. I have had the chance to take part in this and talk to buyers, coming to better understand their expectations of suppliers. On the other side of this platform, my job allows me to visit trade fairs organized in India to look for interesting and good suppliers who can be beneficiaries for foundations program.

Anything but monotonous

Working here is anything but routine; there are various verticals, tasks and opportunities which we complete as a team to help generate employment and train exporters to help them grow their business. This makes me feel I am working to create my dream job!

 

 

About the Author – Sunil Bishnoi

sunil Bishnoi

Sunil Bishnoi is based in New Delhi as an Export Consultant for the Hinrich Foundation. His main role is to support Indian exporters in labor-intensive industries to capture new overseas markets. Through the foundation’s Developing Country Export Assistance Program, he is promoting sustainable global trade and generating employment in India.